Spencer Finch used a colorimeter to capture and simulate the exact light colors of the full moon in Lunar County, New Mexico on July 13, 2003 in his piece “Moonlight.” I’m extremely interested in regional light conditions and how they affect a population’s mood and perceptions of light.
Anne Lindberg’s work falls more on the spatial side of Light Space Art. The string sculptures are site-specific and work with lighting conditions to create surreal perceptions of space that are meant to resonate with us at our most basic cerebellum levels, exactly as light art does. The work seems to pulse with energy.
Jim Campbell did a few installations in Madison Square Park two winters ago. “Subway Voices” (above) was made up of light panels on the ground that reflected the sounds of the subway – voices and the incoming rumble of the train were faintly heard but understood and emphasized through interpretations in light. “Scattered Light” (below) is a three dimensional field of light that made a low resolution image when viewed from one angle, that then distorted and became nothing but twinkling lights as one walked around it.
Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke use long exposures, fire, and torches to capture light in a way not possible without the medium of photography. I feel this type of light art should be in a separate category, since it does change our perception of a place but we can never actually experience the insertions empirically.
MIT celebrated their 150th Anniversary last year with a lot of interactive light installations. Above, “Maxwell’s Dream” by Kaustuv De Biswas and Daniel Rosenberg was made up of magnetic handles that visitors played with, manipulating the magnetic field and corresponding light sources behind it. Below, Meejin Yoon created “Light Drift,” where sensors detected people interacting with the glowing orbs on land and consequently communicated and changed the glowing orbs floating out in the Charles River, allowing people to see the effect of their play.
Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s Church of light, a pretty amazing use of natural light. Osaka, Japan. 1989
The Chi Chu museum has selected three works created by Turrell from the beginning of his career to the present, enabling visitors to experience the changes in his work throughout the years.
Afrum, Pale Blue , 1968
Open Field , 2000
Open Sky , 2004
Here is an aerial view of the museum
Rome-based artist Carlo Bernardini creates environmental, abstract fiber optic installations based on rhomboidal or triangular forms. The lights come together as three-dimensional shapes when you stand at a certain vantage point.