My next few posts are to expand my knowledge of light artists around the world. After being criticized for only knowing people like Olafur Elliason and James Turrell, i thought it was time to expand my database. Through this research i have found that ‘Light art’ is made up of a lot more than i realised. This includes light drawing, light installations, light fairs, museums and exhibitions dedicated to all things light, projections, total environments, surfaces, interactive elements, performance spaces, kinetic + sensored features, theatre and architecture.
Patrick Rochon “creates stunning images by moving light through various media and capturing the movement with photography and video. Patrick’s light painting is unique even among a field of very innovative artists, using lasers to illuminate his subjects in ways that create an eerie, otherwordly feel in the finished portraits. Patrick has also taken light painting to a whole new level by building costumes of lights and performing light painting on a giant screen to create a unique visual experience.” (http://weburbanist.com/2008/07/07/10-amazing-light-graffiti-artists-and-photographers/)
Eric Staller‘s light drawings, created between 1976 and 1980 in New York City, give the viewer a whole new look at the Big Apple. These examples of light graffiti were created using a long exposure with a variety of light sources, sometimes in the form of 3-dimensional lit installations. His photographs seem to give the light itself a life of its own, as it travels through the city creating whimsical shapes down its streets and walkways. (http://weburbanist.com/2008/07/07/10-amazing-light-graffiti-artists-and-photographers/)
Alan Jaras creates his stunning images by passing streams of light through molded and textured plastic, for a “refracted” effect that is unlike any other light painter’s work. Colored dyes are added to the plastic shape, and the shape is placed in front of the camera in lieu of a lens to be directly captured on 35mm film for an incredibly unique and organic result. (http://weburbanist.com/2008/07/07/10-amazing-light-graffiti-artists-and-photographers/)
“A pioneer of the ‘Light and Space’ movement of the 1960s, Irwin’s work focuses on perceptual phenomena, such as light, volume and scale, with installations that are conditioned by the site in which they take place. The presentation and placement of these works became as critical as the object itself, and in developing these ideas, Irwin sought to dissolve the distinction between the edge of the sculpture and its environment.” (http://www.whitecube.com/exhibitions/robert_irwin_my/)
“Richard Godfrey has extensively pursued investigations that describe how the visual world is perceived. He utilizes the modernist language as a means of expressing his ideas in his work, whether it be painting, sculpture, or installation. Engaging the use of light, both in a direct and implied means, Richard Godfrey pushes our understanding of multi-dimensional space by abstracting the three dimensional world we live in.” (http://www.richardgodfrey.com/)