Won't get not-fooled again
June 20, 2007 1:41 PM   Subscribe

Garbage + illumination = art? Various artists carefully pile rubbish on a gallery floor, or meticulously assemble a collection of ordinary items, plug in a light source, and create incredibly detailed and surprising shadows on the wall. Meanwhile, blog commenters cry "Fake!" and "Photoshop!". I guess they didn't see any of the Quicktime movies of Shigeo Fukuda linked here.
posted by maudlin (14 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
way cool
posted by telstar at 2:06 PM on June 20, 2007

You should also look at the work of mac adams, who has certainly been doing sculptural anamorphic shadows longer than tim noble and sue webster. He started sometime in the 70s although I don't know exactly when.
posted by blindsam at 2:23 PM on June 20, 2007

"anamorphic shadow sculptures" is a better term, sorry.
posted by blindsam at 2:24 PM on June 20, 2007


I've seen these with my very own eyes! (They were at PS-1 a couple of summers ago...)

And marvelous they are. It's pretty astonishing to watch, you don't really believe it until you put your hand in front of the light to check....
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 2:35 PM on June 20, 2007

Very cool.

Yeah, is there some generic derogatory term for people who yell "Fake!" or "Photoshop!" at even the slightest display of human effort and ingenuity? Those bastards are all over the internet, and seem to be multiplying as creativity and attentions spans plummet.
posted by Jimbob at 2:54 PM on June 20, 2007 [1 favorite]

posted by chuckdarwin at 4:34 PM on June 20, 2007 [1 favorite]

No, really. This is very cool. Thanks for the nudge; I've never seen these pieces before.
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:41 PM on June 20, 2007

These are incredible. Good post!
posted by spiderskull at 5:58 PM on June 20, 2007

I will now proceed to work "anamorphic shadow sculptures" into any conversations I have with smarmy, pretentious artsy-fartsy posers, just for the satisfaction of seeing their eyes glaze over.
posted by misha at 6:42 PM on June 20, 2007 [1 favorite]

Astonishing. So nice to see something truly unexpected.
posted by nickyskye at 7:21 PM on June 20, 2007

wanders off to garage in search of a strong spotlight.
posted by squasha at 7:37 PM on June 20, 2007

Amazing! Now maybe there's hope that my son will do something creative will all the soda cans, paper plates and other assorted detritus he's got stuffed under his bed.
posted by amyms at 8:35 PM on June 20, 2007

Awesome post. Thanks.
posted by straight at 8:34 AM on June 21, 2007

This deserves more than 13 comments. I am doing my part.
posted by zonkout at 12:15 PM on June 22, 2007

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