Lightmatter STATION, 2021

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STATION Lightmatter Catalogue Excerpt:

 

LIGHTMATTER is an experiential exhibition presented at STATION Sydney by collaborative artists Natasha Johns-Messenger and Leslie Eastman.

 

Johns-Messenger and Eastman have created an ambitious installation in response to the unique architecture of STATION’s Sydney gallery. The installation consists of both intimate and monumental interventions into the fabric of the gallery, considering the space and the audience’s encounter with it as a totality.

 

LIGHTMATTER continues the artists’ ongoing exploration of the qualities associated with pictorial representation in its expanded form. Utilising a host of ambitious and innovative approaches to installation, the exhibition works with natural and artificial lighting to engage themes of classical perspective, displacement, opacity and transparency.

 

The installation at STATION questions the demarcation between traditional oppositions, such as the internal and external, the subject and object, and the perceiver and environment. The works dwell on the threshold between, using ideas of interpenetration and porosity, light and transparency, and their resulting shadow and opacity, to reveal productive tensions between these apparent distinctions.

 

These perceptual encounters are designed to enable the viewer to recognise themselves perceiving – to understand their own role in creating an experience of the real. The fundamental implication here is that we all play a role in authoring our world. This is the transformative dimension of this work.

Venue: STATION Sydney, Australia 

LIGHTMATTER exhibition encompassing two installations: Pointform STATION, 2021 & Lightmatter STATION, 2021

 

Pointform STATION, 2021: aluminium frames, mirror film, mesh 

Dimensions: Variable (site determined)

Lightmatter STATION, 2021 (three parts):

LIGHTMATTER Circles 2021:

Narima glass, sandblasted stencil, chromed rod and gooseneck light with LED spotlight head

glass pane: 40.5 x 27.0 x 6.0 cm

shadow on wall: 54.0 x 27.0 cm

LIGHTMATTER Squares 2021:

Narima glass, sandblasted stencil, chromed rod and gooseneck light with LED spotlight head

glass pane: 40.5 x 27.0 x 6.0 cm

shadow on wall: 54.0 x 27.0 cm

LIGHTMATTER Quadrants 2021:

Narima glass, sandblasted stencil, chromed rod and gooseneck light with LED spotlight head

glass pane: 40.5 x 27.0 x 6.0 cm

shadow on wall: 54.0 x 27.0 cm