Elbi Elem, previously known as Labuenaylamala, is back, not only under a new name, but also with an amazing new project titled ‘Silence’, a kinetic sculpture that follows Elbi Elem’s obsession with movement and balance, and where an interplay of curves, lines and planes create a dynamic sculpture characterised by both linear and volumetric 3D and 2D shapes.
According to Elbi Elem, this project had been in her mind for a long time. The idea was to create a visual work, an indefinite vision in constant movement starting from a real sculpture of great size suspended in the air and using the sculpture’s own projection to create a connection with the original piece.
Despite its complexity, the piece was created using a rather simple method that, as described by the artist, is the result of the recording a video of the sculpture rotating in front of a white background, and then projecting it back onto the original piece, generating shadows that give shape to a superposition of layers that create a hypnotic effect and an infinite abstract landscape of moving architecture.
The title of the piece makes also reference to the location; an abandoned space that evokes feelings of melancholy, darkness, dirt, emptiness and silence.
“Filled with memories, extinguished today by the passing of time, by that silence, which breaks for a moment with this projection of light, on a floating piece, that moves and creates new forms in the nothing, in the everything, in all what a day was that place.”
“Silence” was made of different materials such as metal, wood, pvc, methacrylate and carbon fiber, and measures 320x160x100cm. Simply haunting.
ABOUT ELBI ELEM
Earlier known as “Labuenaylamala”, I live and work in Barcelona. I started making kinetic sculpture in 2002. Abstract nature, with a clear interest in the movement and composition of forms in space, volume is very important in my work. My aim is to find balance in everything; I combine study work with urban art interventions, where I started 7 years ago.
Along with the variety of materials used, architecture, urban landscapes and street textures are a source of inspiration. With my work I express myself and try to interpret in my own way how I see my inner world. The latest works continue in the search and mixing of sculpture with painting in murals and 3D-dimensional installations creating visual effects by their own projection or point of view, using video and projection as a tool to elevate the work itself, unfolding it an using it as one’s own mirror where look inside and evolve, transform in an infinite way.
Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.