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La Lune En Rodage

La Lune En Rodage
Signed Print

Bridget Riley

Screenprint, 1965
Signed Print Edition of 200
H 30cm x W 29cm

Critical Review

La Lune En Rodage, a black and white screen print executed by British artist Bridget Riley, is composed simply of black horizontal lines of equal length. Yet, in true Riley fashion, the effects of such simplicity are complex. The lines, as they move from top to bottom, slowly merge from being concave to convex. Consequently, the black lines appear to oscillate, like waves, across the surface of the print.

Enacted with geometrical precision, Riley creates compelling visual effects that play with one’s vision and implore the viewer to question what they are looking at. During her career, Riley has experimented with simple, structural units in varying configurations, to explore the physical and psychological responses of the eyes. Throughout this, Riley’s artistic motivation has remained the same: to interrogate what and how we see things. La Lune En Rodage is, if anything, abundantly aware of being nothing more than the geometry of the paper’s flat surface.

Executed in 1965, this work is from a critical period in Riley’s decades-long career. Following the artist’s inclusion in The Responsive Eye, a 1965 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Riley gained international acclaim for exclusively monochromatic works that played optical tricks on the eye: of which La Lune En Rodage is a prime example.