Jan 11 - Feb 22, 2009
During the dark days of winter cultures throughout the world celebrate the wonder and warmth of light. This winter, Bay Area visitors to the Lesher Center for the Arts can enjoy this tradition at an innovative exhibition of luminous work guest curated by The Crucible’s Christian Schiess. Schiess is an award winning artist, author of “The Light Artist Anthology,” and Chair of the Neon & Light Department at the Bay Area’s only nonprofit sculpture studio and educational foundry.
Using light as an art medium is age old, with its origins stemming back to radiant light—sunlight through a stain glass window. Neon is a relatively new light source which has been used primarily for commercial uses. But beginning in the 1950s in Italy and then in New York, artists such as Bruce Nauman and John David Mooney have been experimenting with light as an art medium, harnessing each new light technology for creative applications. The result has been an art form that reflects our modern world and the sometimes-conflicting, sometimes-supportive relationship between nature and technology.
The exhibit showcases sculptures using a variety of illumination techniques, including gases, incandescent light and emerging mediums like laser, plasma, fiber optics and light-emitting diodes (LED). Captured inert gases (e.g. neon, argon, helium) can yield a wide range of colors from vivid purple to sky blue to intense yellow, making the art process a combination of science, chemistry, physics, and creative inspiration. Bedford Gallery Curator Carrie Lederer says, “Engineered and constructed by masters of the medium, the artworks are captivating, mysterious, and enchanting. This exhibition is sure to bring delight and intrigue to our visiting community—both young and old.”
Participating Artists Include:
Don Carlson, Dan Caven, Bill Concannon, Michael Curry, Nicholas DiPhillipo, Joey Gottbrath, Billy Hiebert, David Hollister, Kitty Hundley, David O. Johnson, Ed Kirshner, Norman Moore , Rob Nehring, Michael Pargett, Kua Patten, Ralph Reed , Christian Schiess, Michael Schiess, Michael Sturtz, Mary B. White, Steve Widmark