Lighting art – artificial lighting

Historical and contemporary aspects of light in art & architecture

 

ANTHONY MCCALL, NEW YORK/US
In a room filled with artificial mist, seemingly concrete geometrical shapes seem to come alive. Shaped from animated white lines drawn on black – awakened by the power of light. It is up to the viewers whether they want to cross the luminous barriers and become part of the artwork themselves.

ANTHONY MCCALL, NEW YORK/US "You and I Horizontal", 2005 at the Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne/F, 2006
ANTHONY MCCALL, NEW YORK/US
"You and I Horizontal", 2005 at the Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne/F, 2006 © Sam Horine
ANTHONY MCCALL, NEW YORK/US "Between You and I" (2006). Installation view "Plot09", St. Cornelius Chapel, Governor’s Island, 2009
ANTHONY MCCALL, NEW YORK/US
"Between You and I" (2006). Installation view "Plot09", St. Cornelius Chapel, Governor’s Island, 2009 © Courtesy Creative Time

 

ELISA BALMACEDA, COLOGNE, SANTIAGO/CL
Making the invisible visible, shapes and colours that arise out of the void – this is the world of young artist Elisa Balmaceda. Her innovative installations delve down to the bottom of the essence of light, transforming its physical and metaphysical qualities into art.

ELISA BALMACEDA, KÖLN, SANTIAGO/CL "00'08'' (Sony BVM A20F1M)" of the series "Spirit Photography", 2012 © Elisa Balmaceda, Köln
ELISA BALMACEDA, KÖLN, SANTIAGO/CL
"00'08'' (Sony BVM A20F1M)" of the series "Spirit Photography", 2012 © Elisa Balmaceda, Köln
ELISA BALMACEDA, KÖLN, SANTIAGO/CL " 00'08'' (Sony BVM A20F1M)" of the series "Spirit Photography", 2012
ELISA BALMACEDA, KÖLN, SANTIAGO/CL
"Sleep Light" of the series "Spirit Photography", 2013 © Elisa Balmaceda, Köln

 

LUIS BARRAGÁN, MEXICO/MX
Die Kombination von minimalistischer Formensprache und expressiver Farbgebung ist das Erkennungsmerkmal der Gebäude und Anlagen des 1988 verstorbenen Pritzker Preisträgers Luis Barragán. Eine einzigartige Verbindung von moderner Architektur und einer regionalen künstlerischen Tradition, die sich unter der Sonne Südamerikas erst vollständig entfaltet.

LUIS BARRAGÁN, MEXICO/MX Satélite Towers, Mexico City, 1957-58
LUIS BARRAGÁN, MEXICO/MX
Cuadra San Cristóbal/Egerström House, Los Clubes, Mexico City, 1966-68 © Armando Salas Portugal, Barragan Foundation / Bildrecht, Wien, 2015
LUIS BARRAGÁN, MEXICO/MX Cuadra San Cristóbal/Egerström House, Los Clubes, Mexico City, 1966-68
LUIS BARRAGÁN, MEXICO/MX
Satélite Towers, Mexico City, 1957-58 © Armando Salas Portugal, Barragan Foundation / Bildrecht, Wien, 2015

 

OLAFUR ELIASSON, BERLIN
Raum spielt in vielen Arbeiten von Olafur Eliasson eine wesentliche Rolle, denn die räumliche Wirkung seiner Kunst hängt nicht zuletzt von der Position und Bewegung der Betrachter ab.Veränderung, Bewegung und Wahrnehmung sind auch Thema der Installation "360° room for all colours". In einem kreisrunden Raum werden Besucher mit stetig wechselnden Farbtönen konfrontiert, die ihre Sehgewohnheiten und Wahrnehmungsmuster infrage stellen. Durch den Nachbildeffekt werden mehr Farben wahrgenommen, als die Leuchten der Installation tatsächlich abstrahlen.

OLAFUR ELIASSON, BERLIN Collection of Jarla Partilager, private collection
OLAFUR ELIASSON, BERLIN
Collection of Jarla Partilager, private collection © Christopher Burke
OLAFUR ELIASSON, BERLIN Collection of Jarla Partilager, private collection
OLAFUR ELIASSON, BERLIN
Collection of Jarla Partilager, private collection © Studio Olafur Eliasson
OLAFUR ELIASSON, BERLIN "360° room for all colours", 2002
OLAFUR ELIASSON, BERLIN
"360° room for all colours", 2002 © Studio Olafur Eliasson

 

KEITH SONNIER, NEW YORK/US
In the 1960ies, Keith Sonnier started using materials – such as neon, glass or plastic – that were not originally used in an arts context, for his sculptures. His works create a very direct impression, allowing viewers to establish a relationship between the art objects and the viewers' daily environment.

KEITH SONNIER, NEW YORK/US "THE COLLECTION" exhibition view, Häusler Contemporary Lustenau, 2014
KEITH SONNIER, NEW YORK/US
"THE COLLECTION" exhibition view, Häusler Contemporary Lustenau, 2014 © Wolfgang Stahl, Courtesy Häusler Contemporary / Bildrecht, Wien, 2015
KEITH SONNIER, NEW YORK/US "THE COLLECTION" exhibition view, Häusler Contemporary Lustenau, 2014
KEITH SONNIER, NEW YORK/US
"THE COLLECTION" exhibition view, Häusler Contemporary Lustenau, 2014 © Wolfgang Stahl, Courtesy Häusler Contemporary / Bildrecht, Wien, 2015

 

LEO VILLAREAL, NEW YORK/US
The least common denominator – underlying structures such as pixels or binary codes – never fail to arouse the interest of Leo Villareal. By means of customised software, lively, almost hypnotic works of art are created from strobe, neon or LED lights.

LEO VILLAREAL, NEW YORK/US Multiverse, 2008, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
LEO VILLAREAL, NEW YORK/US
Multiverse, 2008, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC © James Ewing Photography; Courtesy Sandra Gering Inc, New York, NY
LEO VILLAREAL, NEW YORK/US Chasing Rainbows, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2006
LEO VILLAREAL, NEW YORK/US
Chasing Rainbows, 2006 © Courtesy Sandra Gering Inc.