Sculptures by Bassam Al Selawi and Maysoon Masalha take on a surreal new dimension under the spotlight.
The calligraphic sculptures created by Bassam Al Selawi and Maysoon Masalha look deceptively simple. But when the lights in the gallery are dimmed and the spotlights switched on, a surprising fourth dimension is revealed. The shadow cast by each wall-mounted sculpture is a figure or words related to the feelings evoked, or the mental images conjured by the words on the sculpture itself. The latest show by the Jordanian couple, “Don’t Trust Your Eyes” includes shadow sculptures featuring verses from the Quran and poetic phrases, with the shadows sometimes illustrating the emotions embodied by the words, and sometimes telling quite another story. The exhibition also includes a new set of shadow portraits produced in collaboration by the artists.