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Materials: Real rose, real rose petal, resin
With ‘I Love You Not’ Matthew Williams has preserved a real rose stem and petal inside four blocks of clear resin, creating a chic, standalone rose stem sculpture. Each resin block is able to be moved and positioned accordingly
“This has got to be one of the trippiest light installations we’ve ever come across. Isotopes v.2, by Nonotak Studio, is currently on view at the Mapping Festival in Geneva. The catalyst for the project is the now famous city of Fukushima in Japan. Back in 2011, Fukushima’s nuclear power plant suffered major damage after a 9.0 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami hit Japan. Fukushima’s residents were evacuated from the city as radiation levels skyrocketed. Officials deemed the disaster a level 7, the highest level of seriousness for a nuclear incident. This light installation brings that tragedy back to the forefront in a jarring and thought-provoking way. “Isotopes is an open space which can also be perceived as a prison,” they explain. “At first, the slow and hypnotizing moving lights attracts the visitor into the heart of it. Then, the rhythm and the intensity become continually more aggressive until it generates immaterial barriers: it’s easy to get in but neigh impossible to get out. This echoes the way humans approach nuclear power. First seduced, then addicted by its comfortable energy, humans have become trapped in an unstable situation. The rhythm of the lights and the sounds bring back the connection between the Japanese and their awareness of radioactive omnipresence. Sometimes you can forget it, like the glow of a night light, but sometimes the conscience gains the upper hand, and fear comes back with loss of ground reference. Through the metamorphoses of its appearance, this installation leaves the visitor between what once existed and what didn’t, drawing them into the spectrum of their own volatile emotions.”
“Back to Light is a creatively scientific series by photographer Caleb Charland that explores the naturally electrifying power of ordinary objects like fruits and loose change. The images in the series features a number of materials, including consumables readily found in one’s pantry, generating enough power to light lamps and LED lights. We had previously seen Charland light a lamp with 300 apples, but now the grocery list has expanded to include oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, pomelos, and vinegar.”
“When we first came across American artist Soo Sunny Park’s gorgeous sculpture, called Capturing Resonance, we were blown away by two facts. One, that it was made by chain link fencing and Plexiglas, and two, that all the different colors emanating from it were the result of light being reflected and refracted off the Plexiglas squares. As she told us then, “There are no colored plexi used in the work. It is an optical illusion, depending on the intensity of light hitting the plexi and the viewer’s viewing angle, each plexi piece bounces color differently.”
Park is back with a new installation that’s even more impressive than the last. Called Unwoven Light, it’s similar to Capturing Resonance in that it’s made from the same materials however, this time, instead of being tightly squeezed in a corridor, it floats majestically in the middle of a large gallery space.
From now till August 30, visit the Rice University Art Gallery at Houston, Texas to be immersed in a shimmering world of light, shadow and color. Visitors are invited to enter the space and see how both natural and artificial light change when viewed at a certain angle or at a different time of day. As Park states, “We don’t notice light when looking so much as we notice the things light allows us to see. Unwoven Light captures light and causes it to reveal itself, through colorful reflections and refractions on the installations surfaces and on the gallery floor and walls.”
Photographs by Nash Baker
Light installations by Alex Trimino
from the artist’s website:
Alex Trimino is a Miami-based visual artist who creates illuminated fiber-based sculptures and installations. Her work re-contextualizes the traditional use of colloquial, lo-tech crafts; crochet, knittings and weavings exploring social views on civilization, technology and gender. In her work old things, old ways and new technologies commingle together; exploring how we connect to reality today. She uses embroidery and technology, creating a connection between past and present.
“The artist maintains the light and airiness of her chosen medium while presenting them as a geometric entity. There is a duality in her work that is seamlessly effective at exhibiting shape and form as well as abstract freedom. It is this visual juxtaposition of wispy feathers and uniform alignment that especially draws one’s attention to each hanging structure’s uniquely shaped components.
The artist’s statement explains her work: “The geometry does not come from an express decision to organise the space, but results rather from the imprint of a luminous spatial happening… Geometrization removes shapes from any expressive dimension and serves to short-circuit our innate desire to interpret, to find hidden meanings behind an object. Using a smooth and non-representational composition, the work draws attention to its abstract form so as to blossom out in its total sensitivity.”