Aakash Nihalani was born in 1986 in Queens, New York and is currently based in Brooklyn. In 2008, he received a BFA from Steinhardt School, New York University and in 2012 he was awarded a residency at the Willem de Kooning studio in East Hampton.
Nihalani’s street installations, which are constructed from strips of instantly identifiable fluorescent tape, open up unexpected dimensions and often enlightening and humorous perspectives to the otherwise routine urbanscapes upon which they are affixed. His pieces are meant to engage the public by creating environments that can be physically entered and explored from various angles, exposing unnoticed details, and transforming passersby or gallery visitors into active participants.
Chicago native Anthony Michael Simon first discovered the artistry of the silk-producing arachnids while trekking through a forest in Korea, where he is currently based, looking for a location for his next sculptural art installation. He came across a huge spiderweb and it somehow clicked in his mind that he could catch spiders and have them naturally spin their webs in his studio.
The artist sprays a protective coating on the fragile webs, holding the network of fine threads together and adding color. The multihued netted structures are each held up by plastic rods, allowing the spectator to view the intricacies of each piece’s intersecting lines. The fluorescent colors also add an otherworldly pop.
Photographer Alex Markow collaborated with artist Magnus Sodamin to create these psychedelic images. Models were covered in fluorescent paint and lit with a black light inside Sodamin’s colourful floor-to-ceiling installation, “Infinity Split”.