by Annie Churdar in New Art on Friday 10 May 2013

For the most part, no one gets surprised by shadow art anymore because it’s usually pretty straightforward. You see the different parts of whatever the shadow represents in the pieces used to cast the shadow. There’ll be a leg shaped object, an arm object, torso, and head object, and then voila, a human body shadow. But Larry Kagan just caught me by surprise. By using metal scrap, Kagan creates bizarre illusions that seem to be photoshopped.

The trick to surprising his audience is waiting to turn on the light after they’ve decided it’s only abstract steel scraps. This is some very intelligent shadow making skill here.