Scrape is a short film meant to represent the inner pulse of the city of Seoul, South Korea, where it was featured on an architectural canvas. Created by German-born experimental artist Robert Seidel, the fossil-like abstractions shift and change, the various colors revealing new layers. The shapes grow and move together, much like people in a city.
Seidel’s organic sculptures spring to life through his playful incorporation of colored lights, creating shadows that add a unique element of fluidity to his installations. Recently, Seidel’s work has been featured in installations in two major world destinations—Los Angeles and Seoul (where Scrape was displayed in Seoul Square on a 99 x 79 meter canvas as part of Seoul’s German Media Art project)—and each play with texture, color and light to create ethereal landscapes.
This past summer, Californians got to see Seidel’s Black Mirror installation, named after the dark glass artists in the 18th century used to abstract their surroundings in hopes of viewing them from a more artistic standpoint. For this installation, Seidel used laser-cut gossamer paper to create delicate structures, placing them in front of a mirror and further manipulating them with colored lights to change the way they are represented to the audience. Black Mirror was displayed at LA’s Young Projects Gallery, but you can find it here.