Metropolitan Home / 2009
This installation employs traditional tromp l'oeil to lend organization meaning to a complex exhibit. David McFadden, the curator, mandated that a distinction be made between the “working” models used in the making of the art works and the final works. He also hoped to visually separate these two categories of artistic production. Finally, he noted the use of chiaroscuro, to bring the constructed art object into relief, as a common theme of the works included in the exhibit. Thus, we created a series of real screens and virtual shadows to visually separate and connect the works of art. The final works of art are displayed in the shadows to mysterious effect with the models in full light evocative of the artist’s studio. Imaging software was used to cast shadows from the screens, architecture and fenestration of the museum to modulate light levels and sequential experience.