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SHADOW LIFE - THE OTHER BENEATH October 24 2018, 0 Comments

 

In my continued investigations into duality, I've found myself exploring the concept of the shadow.

The shadow is a unique form of sculptural art. There are many creative expressions of shadows out there which are exciting, exquisite, highly individualistic, playful, sublime, exciting, and provocative.

On another plane, the shadow exists within us...the shadow is an "other" of us.

                          

Olafur Eliasson

The Icelandic artist Olfur Eliasson employs the use of light, wind, waves to explore the workings of human perception, as seen in the exhibition "Your Chance Encounter".

 

Herbert Baglione

The artist Herbert Baglione's creative renditions of shadows in abandoned buildings add a narrative to the architecture and the souls who once inhabited those spaces.

      
                                         
Kumi Yamashita

 

                             
Rashad Alakbarov                Funny Funda            
These shadow art pieces here show just how creative artists can be when light and shadow are their medium. 

 

The use of shadows as a creative expressive form is ancient. Shadow Play, also known as Shadow Puppetry, believed to have originated in Central Asia-China or in India in the 1st millennium BCE, is still enacted today. It's the prelude to cinematography.

                               
Chinese shadow theater figures          Chinese puppet theater

We're In Our Other World

Carl Jung formulated the concept of the shadow, that part of our life that is relegated to the darkness of the unconscious.  The article: Carl Jung and the Shadow: The Hidden Power of our Dark Side on the Academy of Ideas website, offers insight into the power of the shadow. 

In Robert Louis Stevenson's book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde we are immersed in the shadowy overpowering dualism of a man. It's a dark one-way journey into a nightmare.

Peter Pan is one of the most famous shadows in literature, having lost his shadow when it was locked away in a drawer. He'll have to talk with Carl about how he needs his shadow to become fully human.

Further investigation into the role of the shadow and duality is presented by Gregg Henriques in his two-part blog which asks  the question: Can you see your Shadow? 

 

Hasta luego amigos. I'm off to find a flashlight.

Val