This Art Looks Like A Shapeless Mess. But When You Place A Mirror In The Middle, Everything Changes.

After graduating from Budapest's University of Arts and Design in 1975, István Orosz soon found some success as a film animator and director. However, his focus began shifting to stage design in theater, and soon he was creating his own style of drawing and printmaking. It was there that he combined the elements of static visual art and the motion of performance art into mind-bending pieces of artistic paradox.

In his paradox work, Orosz creates pieces that appear to have missing elements and nonsensical parts. But when you place a cylindrical mirror on top of the artwork...

Everything changes and the meaning of the piece springs into place.

Orosz often uses the pseudonym "OYTIΣ" or "Utisz", meaning "no one" in Greek. 

The origins of the pseudonym date all the way back to Homeric hero Odysseus, who used a variant of it ("Οὖτις") when he took out the eye of the monster Cyclops in a battle.


The name is strangely suiting, as OYTIΣ's paradox is a provocation of the way that the eye perceives the reason of the piece.  

Author Edgar Allen Poe, pictured here, also used the OYTIΣ name in an 1845 article denouncing beloved American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Jules Verne, pictured here, played on the same idea with Captain Nemo (Latin for "no one") in the novel "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea."


Credit: István Orosz

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