Did you know that anything--even light--can be used to make art? Light is reflected and absorbed differently on different surfaces. The human eyes wouldn’t be able to see anything without light. Without it, everything would be dark. Most people know that light comes from the sun during the day. There are fire and indoor electrical lights, too! It’s a form of energy.
Dan uses bright lights In dark spaces to build his pieces. The different colors set up in different ways make the audience feel something different depending on the person who’s looking into at the work.
This first picture has hard red bars that almost look like jail. How do these lights make you feel?
Photo: Paula Cooper Gallery
Here at the AMA we have shown artists who use light in cool ways to make fun art. Imi Hwangbo is really good at it. She allows the light to pass through her works of paper.
She uses light as a medium. This blue piece you see here is made of paper and has tons of layers loosely stacked on top of each other. There’s space in between the layers so that light passes through and adds to the art work.
Look closer at how the light affects the paper!
Let’s have some fun with light at home!
If you turn down the lights and shine a flashlight at the wall, you can set the stage for a light show with shadow characters. Use you hands to create different characters against the light. You can make a dog or a butterfly, or even a dinosaur. Just use your imagination!