Kinetic Urban Sculptures by Elbi Elem
Artist Elbi Elem began building kinetic sculptures in 2002 and has since translated her works into murals, paintings and paper. Based in Barcelona the artist’s work has that gritty urban feel to the designs. Elbi Elem is the first to confess her adoration of the street art graffiti format. Added to a passion for architecture, urban landscapes and textures, Elbi Elem has eloquently captured this essence within her kinetic sculptures. Her latest works form part of her Silence project and this is what she has to say about the concept.
‘Silence is a project that I had in mind for a long time. The idea was to create a visual work, an indefinite vision in constant movement starting from a real sculpture of great size suspended in the air, and using its own projection in a free way, sometimes synchronizing with the original piece. Made with different materials such as metal, wood, pvc, methacrylate and carbon fiber, the sculpture has a size of 320x160x100cm. A final piece that, when viewed, is thought to be made using digital techniques, using programming codes or software, but the method is actually simpler and makes the viewer think how then. The result comes from record a video to the sculpture rotating in front of a white background, and then projecting it back onto itself, generating this triple image effect of shadows and projections with an attractive moiré of superposition of layers, creating a hypnotizing sensation, An infinite abstract landscape.
On the other hand I was very interested in working with it in an abandoned space, to place the piece in an uninhabited, melancholy, dark, dirty and inhospitable environment, full of emptiness, of silence. Filled with memories, extinguished today by the passing of time, by that silence, which breaks for a moment with this projection of light, on a floating piece, that moves and creates new forms in the nothing, in the everything, in all what a day was that place.’ Elbi Elem