benjamin shine forms tulle into sculptural fabric portraits in the dance
benjamin shine forms tulle into sculptural fabric portraits in the dance benjamin shine forms tulle into sculptural fabric portraits in the dance
jul 16, 2015

benjamin shine forms tulle into sculptural fabric portraits in the dance

benjamin shine forms tulle into sculptural fabric portraits in the dance
all images courtesy of developing agents




from a small, white vessel bursts forth a plume of colored tulle, reaching high into the air and engulfing the ceiling above. from the cloud emerges two faces, male and female, which quickly dissolve back into the fluid mass above. just as suddenly, the translucent forms reappear, moving fluidly in a choreographed exhibition of brief, yet powerful creative energy. the latest installation by benjamin shine, ‘the dance’ explores ideas of impermanence and the fleeting moment, which are conveyed through the inherent qualities of delicate tulle material.

the installation hangs from the ceiling and is back-lit




‘the idea that we are formed from creation and have the unique ability to also create is fascinating and mysterious to me,’ says shine. ‘this installation aims to evoke that sense of flow and momentum.’ constructed from over 2000 meters of tulle, each sculptural detail is made by hand in processes including pleating, layering, compacting, and sewing. ‘the dance’ relies on the structural properties of the material alone, and asides from thread, has no other components. details are only revealed through contrast created by strong back lights that flow through the layers. the work was commissioned by the canberra centre complex in canberra, australia and is the first project completed as part of a new initiative that showcases artists through large-scale, sight-specific exhibitions. ‘the dance’ is on display until january 2016.


video courtesy of benjamin shine studio

the source releases creative energy

benjamin shine tulle fabric the dance installation designboom
detail of female face

benjamin shine tulle fabric the dance installation designboom
detail of male face


video courtesy of benjamin shine studio

dancing figures take form within the flowing tulle

figures frozen within the fabric

benjamin shine tulle fabric the dance installation designboom
tulle foot and leg structure

a visitor at the exhibition

colors and densities come together to form each unique individual

detail of tulle dancers

benjamin shine tulle fabric the dance installation designboom
exhibition at canberra centre, australia



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edited by: nick brink | designboom 

  • this is glorious It has ethereal feelings of romantism, grace, softness of emotions and beauty frozen in a moment ohat lingers in the mind for many moments. Love this creativity Love an light Rona

    RONA KRUGER says:
  • Wow. Exceptional. There’s a lot creative stuff that flows thru DB weekly.. this one is special.


    jimCan says:

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