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Aakash Nihalani is Back with More Playful Tape Illusions

New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani is a master with tape and uses it to create eye-catching optical illusions. We're already big fans of his clever street art, and we are enjoying the pieces he's installed indoors for a new solo exhibition entitled Vantage. Like previous works, Nihalani uses the magic of perspective to delightfully fool our eyes into believing that his geometric structures have a three-dimensional appearance.

Vantage includes a sculpture that spans a doorway, creating “holes” in the walls where a colorful yellow bar passes from side to side. Other smaller works incorporate the installation of simple white platforms that are threaded with vibrant combinations of blues, reds, and greens. And in a piece that's larger-than-life, Nihalani creates the illusion of a passageway where zippered walls open to reveal a calming blue background.

Vantage is currently on view at Wunderkammern in Roma, Italy. If you have the opportunity, check it out until May 17th of this year.






Aakash Nihalani website and Wunderkammern website
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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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