In some of his more recent work, New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani has moved away from his previously admired interior and landscape tape illusions and has turned towards human subjects as his newest canvas.
In his series, Landline, Nihalani cleverly pierces human torsos throughout Brooklyn with three-dimensional isometric rectangles and squares made out of neon tape.
His subjects simply stand in front of the camera in white t-shirts while the bright orange, green, blue, or hot pink zig-zags and bars go right through their bodies. The artist’s keen eye for perspective is evident once again in the optical illusions, which are produced with tape, paper, corrugated plastic, and magnets.
To top off the perfectly aligned illusions, the artist has his the performative art documented in front of interesting backgrounds including brightly painted walls, graffiti art, and rooftop exit doors.
Nihalani says, “I selectively place [my] graphics around New York to highlight the unexpected contours and elegant geometry of the city itself.”