Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lighting the Steps of the Soap Box


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And now...for today's post.

The three primary properties of light are:

* Intensity
* Frequency
* Polarization

To make light of a situation means to find some way to laugh about it…even if the situation itself is dark. This is the way of the non-confrontational.


I have a thing about light installations. A lot of my sketches and investigations of late have been exploring ideas about their design and construction. I am attracted to the simplicity of Japanese handmade paper stretched across bamboo…but then I stumble across some artists who create amazingly ornate pieces and I am taken aback by their complex beauty.

I used to stop by the tiny gallery of Lam Quang when I lived in Portland.

Lam owns Hiih Gallery, one of my favorites in the Alberta Arts District. He does a lot of commercial lighting installations around the city.

Magnificent though his commercial work is, it was always his gallery installation work that would grab my attention and hang on to it. It is fabulous! He once explained his process to me, about how he would make his own paper and soak bamboo in water to make it pliable. His exacting methods have result in enormous flowers and bugs and human figures all gently lit from within. One of these days, I am going to buy one!

Kirsten Hassenfeld is another artist whose work captures my heart. Her intricate light sculptures are as fascinating as they are complicated. Her work features different types of paper with different and interesting textures. She even constructs the paper chains that connect them. Her show at Rice University in Houston (another former abode) displays six large-scale works that resembled chandelier versions of Fabergé eggs, encrusted with crystalline obelisks. Just beautiful!

1 comment:

Stacy/Creativemuse said...

OH MY GOSH! THat is wonderful what you can do with paper...HOw intensely time consuming and stunning!
wow! Thank you for Sharing!!!!

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