The ‘temporary architecture’ of Aakash Nihalani

Aakash Nihalani’s pseudo-3D pieces are constructed with flat, cut-out pieces of canvas, which, painted or taped, are bound to create a range of geometric patterns, optical illusions or depth and field arrangements. Upon observing the pieces, whether in a gallery or on the street, the shape and dimension alters with distance and angle, thus offering a ‘vantage’ point, which in turn, is the title of the collection.

The Vantage exhibition is currented hosted by Wunderkammern Contemporary Art Gallery. The show features the site-specific installations at the gallery and a number of temporary and permanent installations around the city.

Nihalani uses these blank canvases upon walls in order to create a ‘temporary architecture’ that forms the base of the artwork, which is finished using vibrant adhesive tapes, which the artist admits to have ‘stumbled upon by accident’. The effect is one of spatial disorientation, the colour appearing too flat, and the dimension too perfect, to be real.

The exhibition, which is part of the Public & Confidential project organised by the gallery, is Nihalani’s first solo show in Italy. Can’t make it? Check out more of Nihalani’s work here.

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