Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY

Op Art

Generating images in the style of Op Art.

This post is an installment in the Generative AI Art Style series, a practical knowledge project designed to help content creators fine-tune the aesthetics of their generated images by references to and descriptions of popular art styles.  Click here to read more on the project.

This page depicts the results of mentioning Op Art in your prompt. Click here to learn about this project

Click here for this visual art style’s Wikipedia page

Generated Thick Descriptor (via Chat-GPT 4): Op Art (optical art) is an abstract art style that employs optical illusions. Its main visual qualities involve creating the illusion of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibrating patterns, or a sense of swelling or warping. These artworks are often made in black and white for high contrast but can incorporate color, and emphasize pattern and line work. To create an op art piece, one must create distinct, often repeating, patterns or line constructions that contradict or play on figure-ground relations to trick the viewer’s eyes into seeing movement or distorted perspective.

The table below depicts New York City’s Times Square and Northern Ontario’s Lake Kenogamissi. The left column shows the results of a “thin” prompt, in which the style was requested in name only. The right column shows the results of a “thick” prompt, in which the generated prompt was used.

Times Square

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These images show what Generative AI renders when one requests that an image be rendered in well-known art styles. This series does not purport to describe major art styles as understood in the art scholarship community. If you have expertise in art and want to explain why these images do or do not capture the essence of these fields, then please do so in the comments section below.