Saturday, August 22, 2009

Trompe L'oeil

The creation Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life at the Cafe Trompe L'oeil (now Cafe Espresso) in San Jose, by John Pughs.

In this picture, you can see the split between the real bricks, and the mural.

So, the mural is cool, right. ^_^ But, John Pughs is full of shit.

Check out this page on his website. It's a list of purported 'incidents' regarding his murals.
February 1997 San Jose, California

A complaint was lodged to a manager at Cafe Trompe L'oeil by a male restaurant patron that he had ineffectively attempted to introduce himself to female patron and had received the "silent treatment". He was unaware that woman he was talking to was a painted illusion.
OK, so somehow this unnamed male who is surely real but has no depth perception AND can't distinguish between a painting and reality (even up close and personal). Sure, that's entirely probable. *rolls eyes*

BUT, he then hits on the completely still un-moving un-breathing painting of a woman, and when she doesn't respond he LODGES A COMPLAINT WITH THE MANAGER?

What. The. FUCK‽

You can *DO* that? LOTS of the women I hit on ignore me, and hardly any of them are paintings. From now on, I'm going to start complaining to the managers. I'm not entirely sure what they can do though...

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