We love showing you street artists who push the boundaries of their art form, and Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione loves to deliver. When in Parma, Italy, Baglione took the opportunity to visit a local abandoned psych ward and fill it with shadows and phantoms from his wild imagination. The long, smoke-like shadows are part of his 1000 Shadows project, in which he has been painting similar silhouettes in different installations around the world. These in particular are especially powerful, as they call to mind the tortured psyches that once inhabited these now-abandoned halls.
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Artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock transformed old bike parts into six spectacular chandeliers, and hung them in the underpass of Theo/Malone and IH-35 San Antonio, Texas. ‘Ballroom Luminoso’ chandeliers contain a custom-made LED light installation, which turned the space into a magnificent shadow theater and a new spot for people to enjoy some public art. The bike parts create intricate shadow patterns and make the underpass look truly surreal.
Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita creates amazing shadow art by using various seemingly ordinary items and some light. A giant steel exclamation point, lit from right angle becomes a question mark, paper sheets cast shadows that look like faces, aluminum numbers add up to create a silhouette of a woman – these are just a few examples of what can be done with shadows.
Tim Noble and Sue Webster take ordinary things including rubbish, to make assemblages and then point light to create projected shadows which show a great likeness to something identifiable including self-portraits. Throughout their careers they have played with the idea of how humans perceive abstract images and define them with meaning. The result is surprising and powerful as it redefines how abstract forms can transform into figurative ones.
Azerbaijani artist Rashad Alakbarov uses various everyday objects and some back light to create his jaw-dropping shadow paintings. The best part is that you can easily create something similar at home – all you need is one or two lamps and some items from your desk.