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Installation January 31, 2014
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Installation

Technology

Date
January 31, 2014

Location
Los Angeles, US
Credits

Sonic Collaboration
Curtis Tamm

Physical Fabrication
Raman K. Mustafa

Exhibited
Young Projects, Presentism: Light as Material


Specs

Projection on Parametric Sculpture
96inch x 48 inch x 6 inch
45 Minutes
5.1 Channel Sound


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Data Monolithics was a parametric data sculpture that Refik Anadol Studio contributed to a group exhibition entitled Presentism: Light as Material in 2014. The exhibition invited artists from around the world who were working with light. For many of these artists, the use of light not only encouraged a new temporal reading of the work, where it existed totally in the present moment, but also allowed for light’s physical qualities to be felt. For James Turrell, who was included in the show, such moments were not only rare, but also meant to be treasured. “Light is a powerful substance,” he said. “But, for something so powerful, situations for its felt presence are fragile.”

Indeed, fragility has been at the center of the 14 works included in the show. What the artists shared was an interest in using light to convey something that touched us in ways that were far more complex than one would expect. For example, San Francisco’s Jim Cambell, who’s a pioneer in the field, uses lo-res LED panels to present the faintest of human images, yet in a way that ultimately raises key questions about the medium itself. Similarly, Spain’s Pablo Valbuena uses an even more spare approach, where he locates an area of the gallery where he can interject slowly-moving light elements that always catch viewers by surprise. New York’s Stanley Casselman works in an equally quiet vein. His monumental piece, “Homage” is made up of LED panels that create a soft, quiet glow–much like the paintings of Mark Rothko. Korea’s Chul Hyun Ahn, by contrast, works on a more intimate scale by creating small mirror boxes that create their own feedback mechanisms using Flavin-like fluorescent tubes. Meanwhile Refik Anadol Studio created an elaborate, highly complex projection that was designed to play on a carefully constructed, CNC-milled sculpture that had its own reference in classic finish-fetish objects. The resulting piece was a tangible rift between the real and the virtual, the historical and the futuristic, yet always with an eye towards the emotional.

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Fragility are at the center of the 14 works included in the show. San Francisco’s Jim Cambell, who’s a pioneer in the field, uses lo-res LED panels to present the faintest of human images, yet in a way that ultimately raises key questions about the medium itself. Similarly, Spain’s Pablo Valbuena uses an even more spare approach, where he locates an area of the gallery where he can interject slowly-moving light elements that always catch viewers by surprise. New York’s Stanley Casselman works in an equally quiet vein. His monumental piece, “Homage” is made up of LED panels that create a soft, quiet glow–much like the paintings of Mark Rothko. Korea’s Chul Hyun Ahn by contrast, works on a more intimate scale by creating small mirror boxes that create their own feedback mechanisms using Flavin-like fluorescent tubes. Feedback is also central to the work of Australia’s Robin Fox, who has created a 5-screen installation. Here sound recordings are the starting point, where the sound is fed directly into the video recording head of a camera to produce a 1-to-1 audio-visual event. Meanwhile Refik Anadol creates elaborate, highly complex projections that are designed to play on a carefully constructed, CNC-milled sculpture that has its own reference in classic finish-fetish objects. In the process he creates a tangible rift between the real and the virtual, the historical and the futuristic, yet always with an eye towards the emotional.

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LA’s John Carpenter adds yet another level to his projects by adding interactivity. Each of his projection works resemble an aspect of the cosmos, yet as viewers move closer to the screens, the works begin to change and move differently. The cosmos are also at the heart of the two works offered by Canada’s Amy-Claire Huestis. One features a 30-foot wall of projected stars and planets that float in a hauntingly beautiful array. Each was made by painting directly onto glass plates and then projected (and filmed) with an array of Magic Lanterns. LA’s Casey Reas brings the notions of stars back to an LA reality by situating viewers in front of a mirror. As they do a combination of projections, computers and cameras process their images in real-time to create a unique interactive experience.

What all these artists share is an intense interest in using light to convey something that touches us in ways that are far more complex than one might expect. Perhaps in that way they reflect author Kate DiCamillo’s comments when she said that light “tells stories.” As she says, “Light is so precious in a world so dark… so tell a story. Make some light.” Each of the eleven artists included are doing just that.

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