FRIDAY Fast Five: Light

So, we made it through another week. Another week of work, another week of crack-of-dawn wake-ups, another week of struggling to keep your eyes open as the days edge towards that magical hour when you get to take off your shoes, put your feet up and...watch that new Scream T.V show on Netflix. Most importantly though we are officially another week closer to summer and evenings where the light seems to last forever. This week's Friday Fast Five is a tribute to light and Nina's personal 'must-see one day' wishlist. 

1. Soo Sunny Park's glorious Unwoven Light from her 2013 exhibition at Rice Art Gallery, Houston.  Consisting of thousands of coated plexiglas squares wired into a sculpted chain-link fence and suspended from the walls and ceiling, the piece appears as some kind of iridescent scaly creature, catching and changing the light into myriad colours that change with the angle at which they are viewed. 

2. Jame's Turrell's The Color Inside at The University of Texas at Austin (commissioned by the University's public arts programme). Well colour me in love, James. I adore anything Turrell and have seen some of his expansive indoor, light saturated works in person, but none of his open-air skyspaces, of which there are many around the world. Observers sit around the edges of the circular room, looking up through the oval cut-out in the ceiling, watching the light change. This is enhanced by changing LED lights within the observatory that project onto the plaster walls, altering the viewers perception of the sky above. 

3. I couldn't very well have a ode to light and not include our own beloved master of fluorescence, Bill Culbert. Part of his exhibition Front Door Out Back at the 2013 Venice Biennale, Daylight Flotsam is an organised chaos of  150 fluorescent tubes and label-less plastic bottles strewn across the floor. For me, this work brings to mind tales of those giant, floating masses of rubbish at sea; discarded offerings of our throw-away society. 

4. Mihoko Ogaki's beautifully serene Light After Death explores themes of life, death and rebirth. Her figures sit or lie quietly as light emanates from within, casting patterns throughout the surrounding space, outwardly projecting their inward transformation. 

5.The Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas. You can't have light without a bit of darkness. Fourteen black but colour hued paintings surround the walls of this 'chapel' - a non-denominational space intended for prayer and contemplation but equally interpreted as a devotional space for the worship of Modernism.

 

Happy Friday! Let the gentle warbling of Morrissey ease you into your weekend....

Nina Finigan