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Perception and Deception: The Works of Istvan Orosz

In celebration of the centenary of M. C. Escher

Graphic artist Istvan Oros z of Budapest uses traditional printing techniques such as woodcuts and engravings to create works to tease and fascinate the eye of the viewer. His visual puzzles are carefully rendered, often resurrecting fantastic visions of the past to lead the viewer into his trompe l'oeil world. Some of his works are political growing from changes in Eastern Europe; he has also created graphics books covers, theatrical posters, paintings, and illustrations, all rendered with meticulous attention to detail and a unique visualperspective.

A true Renaissance man, Mr. Orosz is a college professor and film director as well as an artist and designer. His study of the work of M. C. Escher, particularly Escher's mirrors and reflections, led to his creation of a work in special tribute to M. C. Escher. Mr. Orosz was one of several contemporary artists inspired by Escher who participated in an international Escher Centennial congress in June, 1998. Payne Gallery's exhibit is accompanied by a brochure including an essay by Dr. Doris Schattschneider of the Moravian College Mathematics Department, an internationally recognized expert on the symmetry work of M. C. Escher.

The Payne Gallery is located in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Center for Music and Art on the Church Street Campus of Moravian College at the corner of Main and Church Streets in downtown Bethlehem The Gallery is open to the public free of charge daily except Monday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For further information, call the Moravian College Art Department Office at (610) 861-1680 weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The gallery telephone number, during gallery hours only on weekends, is (610) 861-1667.