Jasper Johns was on to something. How else to explain the strange optical illusion that comes from staring at an American flag? When you look at the bold colors and geometric shapes for a long period of time, the stars and stripes representing the United States begin to etch themselves directly onto your retina. If, after a while, you turn away to focus upon a white wall, you will find that you can see a new version of the flag in which all of the reds have changed to greens, and the blues have changed to orange. In fact, you find that wherever you look, you see everything through a hazy template of the flag, which has superimposed itself over your field of vision. Without its identifiable red, white, and blue, the new flag has lost its original significance, suggesting instead some new meaning that you must... More >>>