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Light Art

Aggiornato il: 4 lug 2019


In this post I spoke about Thomas Wilfred’s, Lumia, a form of art that uses Light and technology (of its time) as a tool of expression. He invented Clavilux, a mechanical object that allow light effects to be shown and experienced. (Images below)


Tom Douglas Johns in his book of "The Art of Light and Color" shows a photo of the Sculptachrome : a kinetic sculpture where mechanism and geometry is strictly connected.




Tom Duglas Johns in his book of "The Art of Light and Color" shows a photo of the Sculptachrome : a kinetic sculpture where mechanism and geometry is strictly connected.


Images taken from the book:

Douglas Jones, T. (1972). The Art of Light and Color. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, p.63-64


The concept of moving light and most important the conception of creating your own Sculptachrome as your special needs is relevant as I connect with nowadays, where Human centric Lighting is an important aspect in our daily life routine.


The theory of human-centric lighting argues that mankind’s needs must be considered at the centre pivot of the environment and not the other way around.


HCL is based on the color variation and its intensity but most of all is planed around people needs.

So we could see that an attempt to this present-day concept was alive also in the mid ninteen century. (1940)?


Images taken from the book:

Douglas Jones, T. (1972). The Art of Light and Color. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, p.65


In the right image shows the base of the Sculptachrome with a rotatory motor, in that case 1- rpm, as Tom Douglas Jones writes in the book, also " classroom demonstrations of changing mixtures of coloured light, of the fascinating effect of slowly changing forms, of the importance of shadow, and of the fundamentals of abstract design."


Another "Art object" that it was created in the mid century was "The Celeston





A. 300 Watt bulb

B. overlapping 6" glass discs to which are cemented small prisms, colored glass beads, pieces of colored glass and cellulose acetate filter.

C. lens wide angle

D.moves the discs closer together or farther apart

E. enable the discs to slip on their shaft


Mobile color effects produced by the Celeston

The interesting aspect of these object is that they don't need to be sophisticated to create beautiful results; in the same way I see my experiments that I have been working on till now as they are aesthetically rough and not refined but the light effect produced is visually pleasant and appealing.


Conclusion:


I relate these "Light objects" to my work especially to the "Experimental Machinery Sculpturing Light".

My work represents a form of visual light through objects, in my case, metal shapes, where an important component is the metal's colour reflected on a surface.


I always take into consideration the kinetic aspect as an important component to thrill our sensory system.


In Wilfred's works, music and light effects were strictly connected, similar to my attempt to understand which symphony and melody could be a parallel and matched integral part.



#mobilecolour #dimnesslight #movingforms #ThomasWilfred #Sculptachrome #Celeston




Related posts:


Light in contemplation

https://www.barbaraprada.com/post/light-in-contemplation


Experimental Machinery- Sculpturing Light

https://www.barbaraprada.com/post/2018/07/27/interim-show-ual

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