MY MODERN MET
Cinco de Mayo wasn’t just about drinks and dancing. If the sky was clear, you could get a glimpse at a bigger and brighter moon. It’s called the Supermoon, and it is the closest our moon gets to the Earth during the year. Not only is it the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, but it’s bathed in a glow that makes it all the brighter. Gazing at the Supermoon was a great way to end a great night, but not everyone got to see it. A lot of the east coast was covered in clouds and rainy. A lot of the east coast was also drunk.
Aakash Nihalani is an artist famous for working with just tape. From a simple, singular, resource, he creates beautiful and intricate pieces that stand out against urban backdrops. Even his simple pieces show us parts of New York City, his home, we would not normally see. With tape, he creates shapes and visuals within ordinary objects and places that are normally just waiting under the surface of our imaginations.
Normally, Nihalani simply takes photographs of his pieces alone on sidewalks or on walls or with a crowd of curious bystanders. In his new series, tentatively titled Once Upon a Wall, he becomes a part of the art. My Modern Met recently had the opportunity to talk with Nihalani about his new self-portrait project. Of the sudden change he said: