Light In Context
An art installation at a local high school prompts students to question the use of gallery space, and how we perceive light and material.
The gallery is used to display artwork hung on walls or atop pedestals, and displays are changed often, but the perception of the space remains the same. This installation transforms the BB&N gallery space through light and material. Lensed rectangular downlights designed for general illumination are extruded into columns of light, hovering above the ﬂoor. Adjustable lights on either side are not aimed at art on the walls; instead, they graze the light columns gelled with vibrant colors, and they highlight the light itself. The gap between the columns and the ground creates shadow and depth, emphasizing the light column’s presence in the space. Moving to the back of the space, you enter an immersive tented corridor. The corridor is punctuated by a dynamic light show that animates the screened tent from below, while daylight from above constantly changes the quality of light throughout. The ombré effect of electric light mixing with sunlight is captured in the screen, and visitors can immerse themselves in it.
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Gallery Lighting Hardware in situ: A Multi-cell recessed multiple with 4x metal halide spot lights flanking a 4″ wide x 2′ long lensed downlight with a fluorescent biax tube inside.