Lights, Shadow, Action: Art Moves Eerily Off the Page

Brooklyn- based artist Sougwen Chung illuminates inked drawings to trick the human eye.

Ink, paper, projection mapping, and LEDs join forces for an exploration of light and darkness in the installation Chiaroscuro (Étude Op. 3, No.3) from Brooklyn-based artist Sougwen Chung.

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Projected light falls over the inked drawing bringing it to life, illuminating the lines— along with LEDs— and deluding the eye into thinking it sees movement and, at times, creating a lit-pool-reflected-on-a-ceiling kind of effect. The projected light on paper technique is similar to that used by Luis Sanz with his Ilumina piece, and much like AntiVJ’s Eyjafjallajökull installation, which featured a wall painting augmented with projections and shadows to create the illusion of 3D.

Here’s how Chung describes her piece:

Chiaroscuro is an installation piece that utilizes light as an artifice of visual perception. It explores the interplay of light and shadow on a dimensional drawing form. Strata of abstract, monochromatic line-work are suspended on a wall, giving off the illusion that lines themselves are extending beyond the flat plane. Coils of light are nested asymmetrically within the form, responding to the variations of sound in the environment and illuminating the surface with a pulsing ambiance. Projected light is mapped onto the exterior from a distance, revealing and obscuring the piece throughout the course of the installation.

This post also appears on The Creators Project, an Atlantic partner site.

Kevin Holmes is Executive Editor of The Creators Project and lives and works in London, UK.

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