‘cement bleak’ by isaac cordal, 2009
all images courtesy the artist
in the spirit of the solar eclipse, spanish-born, brussels-based artist isaac cordal has sent designboom his project ‘cement bleak’, a street art intervention
he first initiated a few years past in dalston, london, england. the urban public art installation employs the illumination from street lamps casting
shadows upon manipulated metal cooking strainers, propped up by the handle of the piece. three small faces have been modeled on metal sifters
the light passes through the netted cookware piece, the end point of this luminosity a three-dimensional seeming face on the sidewalk. the piece began
as a test implementation of what the artist hopes will be a larger shadow projection project using the resource of city lighting in darkened streets.
in the three strainer sculptures, the artist is investigating the representation of the human face by reinterpreting three dimensional spaces with the help
of digital mapping. the artist is ‘interested in using lofi technologies to create complex results arguing about the abuse of usage we make with
new technologies in many cases‘.
two of the colander pieces cast face shadows of the pavement
a detailed perspective of one cooking strainer’s shaddow
the smooth circle is accented by two ear-like protrusions, forming ear like loops at the top of the object
alternate view of the three-dimensional shadow sculptures
the artist has shared a video with us of these strainer shadow artworks in the context of a gallery space. in the film, the works are complemented by
strategic lighting and the viewer is given various perspectives of pieces– suspended in this instance– in order to better understand the nature of
these mesh works.
through strategic lighting, the three colander faces are revealed within the gallery space
a detailed visualization of one light pointed at the strainer, exposing the shadow face
two closer views of the molded wire faces
a detailed perspective of one cooking strainer face
the making of ‘cement bleak’