Building on old magic lanterns and other 17th-century projector technologies, these apparatuses present viewers with a duet of cinematic projections created without film. The Shadow Machines project the delicate and crisp shadow of a small cocoon-like sculpture. As the focal lens shifts slowly forwards and backwards, the projected image appears to turn the small sculpture almost inside out. The visual illusion of shifting focus through an object leaves us unable to decipher the difference between the inside and the outside of the sculpture. The small cocoon is transformed from a still, static form and metamorphosed into a moving shadow.
Layne Hinton is a multi-disciplinary artist and independent curator based in Toronto. Through analog projection, sculpture, installation, video, drawing, and printmaking, her artwork examines collections of architectural forms, geometric structures, and the way in which line, light, and shadow play with these spaces. Continuing her exploration of space, she has curated for Art Spin since 2010, alongside her collaborator Rui Pimenta, a not-for-profit arts organization with a focus on presenting site-specific and temporary public art projects in alternative spaces. Most notably in 2016 Hinton led the in/future festival as Co-Artistic Director, an ambitious and unique 11-day multidisciplinary art and music festival that reopened Ontario Place to the public with site-specific installations, screenings, talks and performances. Most recently Hinton curated a major exhibition area for Nuit Blanche Toronto in 2019. Hinton holds a BFA from OCAD University in Integrated Media, with a minor in Printmaking. Her work has been shown in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario; YYZ Artist's Outlet; O'Born Contemporary; InterAccess Electronic and Media Arts Centre; and Pleasure Dome. And abroad with WRECK CITY, Calgary; Forthwith Festival, Winnipeg; the Lower Gallery at University of Buffalo SUNY; Mono No Aware NYC; The Frank C. Ortis Gallery, Pembroke Pines, Florida; L'École des Beaux Arts Paris; and the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.