THE SHADOW-PLAY

As a continuation of "Pranks ..." comes The Shadow Play.

Cymbals and Gong Gong. Detail of the multimedia sculpture in "Shadow-Play", exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
Cymbals and Gong Gong. Detail of the multimedia sculpture in "Shadow-Play", exhibited in Avesta Art 2018

The world of shadow theater

In the Indonesian shadow theater, Wayanga, there are two kinds of performances at one and the same time. The back; which forms the one front where the big orchestra and the singers sit. On that side you also see the Artist who controls the silhouette figures. On this side, the figures are colorful and detailed. They are preformed against a screen of cotton fabrics in a sharp brightness. Behind the screen, on the backside, the theater has another, other front which is the play's actual front.
Like black silhouettes, the actors appear in backlight as they move across the screen. The broken cavities of the flat figures, which are not actually visible from the bright "front", appear clearly as distinct light shapes in the silhouette. From this point, the "back" side of the figures, the play becomes the real front where the different characters appear with a different special focus, especially as they move close, close to the screen. On the other hand, they move away from the screen, closer to the light source, they grow while the figure is getting gray, but because they grow in size and thus dominance, they dissolve paradoxically in blur.
This duality of characters, the relationship between black and white and color, light and shadow, the music, the rhythms, the song, male-female, good and evil, the time aspect, all this opens up a story that is both simple and complex.
A multimedia sculpture in "Shadow-Play", exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
A multimedia sculpture in "Shadow-Play", exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
"In a world where truth and lies are fighting about the stage space, I have found in puppetry and shadow theater a source for an own imagery where I experiment in sounds, lights, photos, moving pictures, painting and sculpture as a metaphor for our time.
With sculptures in ceramics for indoor and outdoor environments, combined with new interactive technology, will be my public art project for a while ..."
A multimedia sculpture in "Shadow-Play" exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
A multimedia sculpture in "Shadow-Play" exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
"Actor". Sculpture in glazed porcelain and stoneware. Multimedia Installation in "Shadow-Play", (Detail), is exhibited on Avesta Art 2018
"Actor". Sculpture in glazed porcelain and stoneware. Multimedia Installation in "Shadow-Play", (Detail), is exhibited on Avesta Art 2018
A multimedia sculpture in "Shadow-Play", exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
A multimedia sculpture in "Shadow-Play", exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
A multimedia sculpture (detail) in "Shadow-Play" exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
A multimedia sculpture (detail) in "Shadow-Play" exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
A multimedia sculpture (detail) in "Shadow-Play", exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
A multimedia sculpture (detail) in "Shadow-Play", exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
"Actors". Sculptures in glazed porcelain. Installation in "Shadow-Play", exhibited in Avesta Art 2018
"Actors". Sculptures in glazed porcelain. Installation in "Shadow-Play", exhibited in Avesta Art 2018