isaac cordal casts shadows with strainer faces
isaac cordal casts shadows with strainer faces isaac cordal casts shadows with strainer faces
may 22, 2012

isaac cordal casts shadows with strainer faces

‘cement bleak’ by isaac cordal, 2009 all images courtesy the artist




in the spirit of the solar eclipse, spanish 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 and as the light passes through the netted cookware piece, the end point of this luminosity a three-dimensional seeming face on the sidewalk.

two of the colander pieces cast face shadows of the pavement




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’.

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

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’


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