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Fragment 3

Fragment 3
Signed Print

Bridget Riley

Screenprint, 1965
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 61cm x W 79cm

Critical Review

Creating a dizzying effect on the viewer, the patterns appear to oscillate and vibrate on the two-dimensional surface. In Fragment 3, a chevron form is repeated, with the angles of each chevron warped at different angles. As the pattern seems to move across the page, the viewer is disorientated: typical of Riley’s monochromatic, illusionistic works.

Keen to stimulate the viewer's imagination and query the act of perception, Riley’s iconic style explores the dynamic potentialities of optical phenomena. These zingy, geometric designs seek to recreate the sensational effects felt when regarding natural phenomena: dazzling sunlight or waves rippling on the shore, in non-representational compositions. It is through these black and white paintings that Riley achieved notoriety: only after fifteen years did the artist employ the use of colour.