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The Daily Lamp – The Scariest Shadow Chandelier Ever by Hilden and Diaz

Today’s Daily Lamp is awesome, and comes to you from my pal Lois the Stage Manager and from Tobin at Barbizon — this is the best and creepiest room shadow chandelier that there ever was!  Meet Forms of Nature:

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Oh, this thing is wicked — from artist duo HildenDiaz (made of equal parts Pio Diaz and Thyra Hilden), about the lamp’s design:

The Light sculpture Forms in Nature resembles Darwinist Ernst Haeckel’s drawings . Using a simple action, such as intensifying the brightness at the center of the artwork, the light transforms the space and adds character, as the work throws oversized shadows onto walls and ceilings in the space in which it hangs.   The light sculpture Forms in Nature is partly inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s (1834-1919) detailed plots from nature and is a further development of Hilden & Diaz’ fascination with mirrorings, as they have previously applied in other artworks.

Forms in Nature is a artwork with a light source surrounded by a dense and unruly tree and root system created in minature sculpture. The forest is mirrored around it’s horizontal central axis and forms a circle 360 degrees around the light source and thereby leads one onto the notion of a real world versus an underworld.  Interestingly, the roots are those elements of the forest that are the most visible.  Thereby the sculpture is not only mirrored, but also turned upside down in Hilden & Diaz’ artwork. As the intensity of the light source increases, the room changes and the space slowly becomes more and more fascinating and unheimlich.

The shadows engulfs the room and transforms the walls into unruly shadows of branches, bushes and gnarled trees. Mirrorings are thrown out upon the walls and ceilings and provide weak Rorschach-like hints of faces, life and flow of consciousness. Diming the lights transforms the installation and one senses a weak fire burning deep in the center of the forest.

Good enough for me.  This thing is amazing!

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Thanks, Caoine!

Shadows for A Saturday

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It’s a rainy Saturday in Toronto. Our move to Dallas is coming, albeit slowly; as we pack and gather and stuff and tape, I keep thinking of that crazy big sky in Texas and how I have seen nothing quite like it in my travels.

I have to say I miss it.  I also miss being warm.  I really miss being even too warm, where air conditioning is a necessity of survival.

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I love taking photos of shadows I see.  Shadows are just a world of stories that are only waiting for you to imagine them.  I can remember being a really little boy and being fascinated with the shadows of two clouds becoming one cloud as I watched them from the top of the stairs out into the front yard — I love that memory!  My absolute favorite photos of myself are the ones where you’re looking at a silhouette of my head and body; I’m guessing it sounds weird to you, but every time you see one of those photos of me, it was taken while I was giggling my ass right off.  I hope that gives you comfort, it certainly does for me!

Enjoy some fun shadow photos while you munch your breakfast grindage.  Or maybe just coffee, like the real breakfast of champions is done.  With bacon.

This is just a small sample of some of the shadow photos I have over on my Shadows Flickr set.

setting sun and vertical blinds

curvy shadow racetrack

shadows of refraction

Cracked Spotlight

the purple shadows of the city

Plano, trees.

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tree loving the window

Click on any image below for our awesome new Blackbox Gallery view!

Brigitte Ziegler’s B52 Shadow

You know how much I like shadows.  Even painted shadows.  Now here’s hoping that this was either A) biodegradable paint or B) this grass died for the cause of art.

This is Brigitte Ziegler‘s The Shadow:

The Shadow, painting on grass, 49 x 56 meters, shape of a B 52, 2010, Biennale Les Environnementales, Jouy-en-Josas.

This work was done for Les Environnementales – which is actually pretty cool, dig into this a little – a Biennial of Contemporary Art held at Tecomah, an environmental studies school near Paris.  This school has a pretty great name – TECOMAH:  the School of Environment and Quality of Life.  YES PLEASE.

Brigitte’s works are, by definition, dealing with some violent themes.  The image above is striking to me especially, being that there are kids playing on it.

Kumi Yamashita’s Unbelievably Amazing Shadow People

For some reason, when I saw these images for the first time a few hours ago, the first thought that popped into my head was Ron Burgundy saying “by the beard of Zeus!”  These pieces below are just outstanding to me.  Kumi Yamashita has created many of these “shadow works” before – she is absolutely brilliant at painting with darkness.

Check these out – you have to see her work.  You have to see it.  You also have to check out Kumi’s portfolio.  Kumi, you blew me away.

Lovers:

Glider:

City View:

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Feather:

Clouds:

That one is just freaky!  I love it!

A commenter left an image on the original poster’s site (thanks, My Modern Met!) with another very striking image, created by Kumi, too:

Origami:

Thanks, Nicola Andrews, for bringing this to my attention!!!

Pilobolus – SHADOWLAND

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The performance group Pilobolus is premiering a new work called Shadowland in Madrid tonight, September 18.  Before I say anything else, watch this video, it’s just a few minutes.

I got chills on my neck from that!  Pilobolus’ work has always been amazing – this work in particular, a collaboration with David Poe (American music icon) and Steven Banks (Spongebob Squarepants Lead Writer).  From the Youtube page:

Part dance, part shadow act, part circus, and part concert, SHADOWLAND is a surreal story of a young girls sensational world as she comes of age, created in collaboration with lead writer of SpongeBob SquarePants Steven Banks and the American musician, producer, and film composer David Poe, whose poetic work for SHADOWLAND ranges from ballads to hard-driving rock numbers that lift the audience out of its seats!

I *think* the lighting designer for this is Neil Peter Jamopolis. Am I wrong on this? I have been looking, and I’ll certainly correct the post if I am wrong.

Art with Shadows – Tim Noble and Sue Webster’s Trashy Shadows

Tim Noble and Sue Webster have created a series of pieces of art using garbage and light as the medium.  How do I mean?  Shadowplay.  Silhouette craziness.  Something that looks completely different in the light than it does in shadow  is how I mean.  Tim and Sue’s pieces have a spotlight shone on them, and the resulting images are displayed on the wall behind.

This series of works really gives food to the idea that “nothing is as it seems.”

Dark Stuff – 2008

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Dirty White Trash (With Gulls) – 1998 – I especially like the touch of the seagulls in the lower center of the work.

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Real Life is Rubbish – 2002

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Check out more of Tim and Sue’s work hereThanks, Environmental Graffiti!