Artist Uses Tape to Turn Flat Surfaces into Fun and Colorful 3D Illusions
19 April 2020
New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani is known for his playful optical illusion installations that blend graphic, cartoon worlds with reality. He uses a variety of material, including tape, paint, paper, vinyl, wood, and steel to create trick-of-the-eye, three-dimensional artworks that aren’t always what they seem.
Nihalani’s latest work transforms ordinary gallery walls and outdoor spaces into interactive playgrounds. Viewers are encouraged to come closer, play, and question reality. Rendered in his distinct, geometric style in neon and monochrome hues, Nihalani plays with perspective, resulting in works that add a new dimension to otherwise flat, mundane spaces.
In one piece, the clever artist uses tape, vinyl, paint, and board to create the illusion of a mysterious, L-shaped doorway. In another, a stack of precariously balanced cubes look as though they’re about to topple over. As it turns out, the entire piece is one flat surface made from steel, aluminum, and acrylic polyurethane.