Shadow art and illusions of depth

Art installations – shadow painting

 

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Tim Noble & Sue Weber, Shadow Sculptures
Using household rubbish, scrap metal and taxidermy animals – by shining light onto these assemblages they are transformed into highly accurate shadow profiles of the artists. Through their shadows sculptures they managed to fuse the abstract and representational, a pursuit that consumed the likes of Jackson Pollock.

 

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Kumi Yamashita

A series of sculptures which, when lit from the right angle, cast human shadows. The physical sculptures themselves are either made from three-dimensional lettering, cast resin, or sheet metal jutting out from the wall.

 

 

Illusions of depth

 

High Contrast Lighting

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Even lighting tends to flatten images, while lighting with harsher shadows with fast falloff tends to give the illusion of depth. The superlative example: film noir.

 

Perspective

With the particular case of forced perspective – a space is constructed to telescope from reality in the foreground to significantly reduced scale.

 

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Parallax

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Used in cinematography, the parallax effect serves to create depth, as well as to make the shot more dynamic. It does this by adding “kinetic energy” — aesthetic energy created by moving the camera. A static shot adds little (if any) aesthetic energy to a shot, but a moving camera can turn what was once a boring still shot into a scene that pulls the audience in. In fact, it’s often said that adding a moving camera and moving subjects (e.g. people, cars, etc.) is the equation for high kinetic — and therefore aesthetic — energy. Layers that move more quickly are perceived to be closer to the virtual camera.

 

 

Between the solid and ephemeral, sculpture and drawing – Anthony McCall’s work

Anthony McCall. “You and I Horizontal” (2006). Installation view at Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2006). Solid light installation. 50-minute cycle in six parts. Computer, computer script, video projector, haze machine. Dimensions variable. Photograph: Blaise Adilon. Courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

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New Zealand International Arts Festival 2010 - Anthony McCall

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