art

RESEARCH

Roy R. Behrens

Professor Emeritus

Distinguished Scholar

graphic design

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Selected Essays and Articles

•  (1987) “The life and unusual ideas of Adelbert Ames, Jr.” Leonardo (MIT Press). Vol 20 No 3, pp. 273-279.

•  (1988) “The theories of Abbott H. Thayer: father of camouflage” Leonardo (MIT Press). Vol 21 No 3, pp. 291-296.

•  (1994) “Adelbert Ames and the cockeyed room” Print (New York). Vol 48 No 2 (March / April), pp. 92-97.

•  (1997) “The gift of gabberjabbs” Print (New York). Vol 51 No 1, pp. 64-72.

•  (1998) “The artistic and scientific collaboration of Blanche Ames Ames and Adelbert Ames II” Leonardo (MIT Press). Vol 31 No 1, pp. 47-54.

•  (1998) “On Max Wertheimer and Pablo Picasso: gestalt theory, cubism and camouflage” Gestalt Theory: Journal of the GTA (Vienna). Vol 20 No 2, pp. 109-118.

•  (1998) “Rudolf Arnheim: The little owl on the shoulder of Athene” Leonardo (MIT Press). Vol 31 No 3, pp. 231-233.

•  (1998) “Art, design and gestalt theory”” Leonardo (MIT Press). Vol 31 No 4, pp. 299-303.

•  (1999) “Adelbert Ames, Fritz Heider and the Ames chair demonstration” Gestalt Theory: Journal of the GTA (Vienna). Vol 21 No 3.

•  (1999) “The role of artists in ship camouflage during World War I” Leonardo (MIT Press). Vol 32 No 4, pp. 53-59.

•  (2000) “Revisiting Gottschaldt: embedded figures in art, architecture and design” Gestalt Theory: Journal of the GTA (Vienna). Vol 22 No 2, pp. 97-106.

•  (2002) “How form functions: on esthetics and gestalt theory” Gestalt Theory: Journal of the GTA (Vienna). Vol 24 No 4, pp. 317-325.

•  (2005) “Architecture, art and camouflage” Lotus International (Italy). Issue 126, pp. 74-83.

•  (2010) “Ames demonstrations in perception” in E. Bruce Goldstein, ed., Encyclopedia of perception. Vol 1. Sage Publications, pp. 41-44. ISBN 978-1412940818.

•  (2010) “Camouflage” in E. Bruce Goldstein, ed., Encyclopedia of perception. Vol 1. Sage Publications, pp. 233-236. ISBN 978-1412940818.

•  (2011) “Nature’s artistry: Abbott H. Thayer’s assertions about camouflage in art, war and zoology” in Martin Stevens and Sami Merilaita, eds., Animal camouflage: Mechanisms and function. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0521152570.

•  (2013) “Now you see it, now you don’t: camoufleurs, conjurers and pickpockets” in H. Rothstein and B. Whaley, eds. The art and science of military deception. Artech House. pp. 217-237. ISBN 978-1608075515.

•  (2013) “Art, design and brain research: non-scientific thoughts about neuroesthetics” in Gestalt Theory: Journal of the GTA (Vienna) Vol 35 No 2 pp. 169-182.

•  (2014) “Abbott H. Thayer’s vanishing ducks: surveillance, art and camouflage” in MAS Context (Chicago) 22, pp. 164-177.

•  (2015) “Khaki to khaki (dust to dust): the ubiquity of camouflage in human experience” in Ann Elias et al., eds., Camouflage cultures: beyond the art of disappearance. Sydney University Press. ISBN 978-1743324257.

•  (2016) “Setting the stage for deception: perspective distortion in World War I camouflage” Aisthesis: Pratiche, linguaggi e saperi dell’estetico (Firenze, Italy).

•  (2017) “Camouflage” in Viction Workshop, Camo mania: New disruptive patterns in design. Victionary, pp. 209-222. ISBN 978-9887774648.

•  (2018) “Seeing through camouflage: Abbott Thayer, background-picturing and the use of cut-out silhouettes” Leonardo (MIT Press). Vol 51 No 1, pp. 41-46.

•  (2018) “Chicanery and conspicuousness: social repercussions of World War I camouflage” UNIversitas (University of Northern Iowa) Vol 13. Also reprinted in 2018 in full-color booklet form with slightly different wording and additional illustrations at <http://www.bobolinkbooks.com/Camoupedia/DazzleCamouflage/conspicuous.html>.

•  (2018) “Under the Big Top at Sims’ Circus: Ship Camouflage Behind the Scenes in World War I.” Dysart IA: Bobolink Books. Full text available online at <http://www.bobolinkbooks.com/Camoupedia/DazzleCamouflage/circus.html>.

•  (2018) “Disruption Versus Dazzle: Prevalent Misunderstandings About World War I Ship Camouflage.” Dysart IA: Bobolink Books. Full text available online at <http://www.bobolinkbooks.com/Camoupedia/DazzleCamouflage/dazzle.html>.

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