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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.

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May 3rd, 2013 - 12:17pm

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