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Light Research @ MMU

Thomas Wilfred: Pioneering Light Artist

On our recent trip to LA, we visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where we were thrilled to discover an installation by Danish pioneering light artist, Thomas Wilfred, an absorbing, ever changing work, Opus 162 (1967-8). Opus  is produced by Wilfred’s invention, the ‘colour organ’, a kind of mechanical box full of devices that orchestrates light by projecting an array of effects onto a screen. He conceived light art as a disinctly expressive medium combined refraction, colour, intensity and shadow in a silent display though drawing on how a musical composer might use melody and rhythm. These works were thus akin to music in their ongoing elicitation of moods and thoughts, and influenced the psychedelic artists of the 1960s. Well worth a visit if you’re in L.A.












May 3rd, 2013 - 12:17pm

Michael Light LA Day/LA Night

Photographer Michael Light’s day and night photographs currently feature as part of the LA Metro’s Art Projects on display at Hollywood/Western Station. The work juxtaposes a series of iconic Los Angeles landscapes by day and night.



April 29th, 2013 - 12:32pm

Chris Burden’s Urban Light. Los Angeles

Outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is sited Chris Burden’s magical Urban Light, which is rapidly becoming a tourist attraction in the city. It demonstrates how the imaginative and artistic use of light can transform urban space. The installation comprises a dense, regular geometric grid arrangement of 202 restored street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s, of varying designs, most of them from Southern California.  On the night I was there, it attracted people like moths to a flame, constituting a new and convivial public space in which married couples posed, fashion shoots were held, kids played, tourists gathered, photographers snapped away and teenagers hung out. IMG_1398

April 22nd, 2013 - 12:15pm