ALISO VIEJO — The artist calls the piece "Metronome."
It is one of two dozen art pieces that trick the eye as part of a 42-piece exhibition at Soka University of works by Arie A. Galles, a professor of painting and drawing at the Aliso Viejo campus.
His "Metronome" may look like a painting on a canvas but it is not. The 54-inch by 92-inch tableau has a 3-D effect on the eye.
The work is a hodgepodge of shimmering colors — oranges, reds, yellows, blues and greens — shaped into discs or patterned in straight and squiggly lines. What appear to be vertical white lines transecting the tableau are, in reality, aluminum extrusions that Galles has screwed into place, and which resemble a set of opened floor-to-ceiling blinds.
If the viewer looks at the picture from the front and center, it fades. The picture comes into clearer focus and brightens when approached from a side angle. And, if the viewer walks from one side to the other, the colors change as light waves bounce off the piece.