“Shadow of Knives“, an incredible series of carved silhouette sculptures created by Beijing-based artist Li Hongbo who intricate, precisely cut animals, humans, and skeletons rise from knives like shadows, leaving behind corresponding negative spaces in the blades. With the delicate appearance of the silhouettes belying the cold, hard metal from which they were carved, the sculptures contrast paper-thin fragility with razor-sharp toughness. The idea behind this series is to warn “human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.”
Peter Callesen is a Danish artist who used a combination of cutting, folding and the negative spaces cut out from the paper to create mind blowing art from a single sheet of white paper. He uses paper because he says it is “probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today,” but we “rarely notice the actual materiality” of it. The materialization of a flat piece of paper becomes a magical process for him. Playing with perceived dimensions and silhouettes, Callesen present an amazing 2D and 3D world with objects like three-dimensional flowers falling from a bouquet’s negative, a hummingbird flying from the page, or a child-size castle. To see more of Peter Callesen’s work you can visit [his site].
If you like the clever negative space art from Israeli illustrator Noma Bar, you would love below works created by Malaysia-based artist Tang Yau Hoong as well. Hoong is one of those experts who cleverly uses negative space to create some fascinating illustrations that make you stop and think for a while. Each piece delivers both the primary image around which the message is constructed, and the alternative perspective in the negative space adding a layer of complexity to the illustration. Let’s a look at these little puzzles and figure out the meaning behind them.
1. In Nostalgic Mood