Parmenides I: Sculptural Light Objects by Dev Harlan

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Parmenides I: Sculptural Light Objects by Dev Harlan

Dev Harlan, a New York-based multidisciplinary artist, creates sculptures that hover between object and light—physical and ephemeral. His first solo exhibition, Astral Flight Hangar, occupies two floors of the Christopher Henry Gallery (NY) and displays his hybrid video works, combining the physical and virtual through sculpture, light and projection.

According to Dev, his large-scale sculptures draw on foundational geometries but also serve "as vessels which contain material seemingly captured from the ether. There is no reckoning required – they are Here and Now. They embody that indescribable matter that exists between everything and nothing."

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To create the forms Dev uses foam, wood, plaster and innovative video projection mapping techniques, controlling and shaping the projected image into exact alignment with his sculptural forms. It's almost deceiving to see surface video projected so accurately on so many planes, making the object seems like it hovers somewhere between the two mediums. It's a bit interesting too, that in order to experience these pieces, a photo or video must be taken to capture the movement of the original piece.

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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