Light Show switched on at Hayward Gallery

Light Show brings together 25 sensory installations and sculptures by major international artists, from the 1960s to the present, to explore the medium of light in art at London’s Hayward Gallery. Abigail Parkin (31 Jan ’13) 

The exhibition runs until 28 April and engages the the viewer in mesmerising illuminated environments over two extensive floors.  

Since the 1960s, an increasing number of international artists have incorporated artificial light into their work, exhibiting light itself or featuring its perceptual effects as the artwork. These artists approach light as a spatial and environmental experience, a factor of psychological influence, and an intangible sculptural medium. Individual artworks examine different aspects related to light such as colour, duration, shadows, natural and artificial illumination, and projection.

Featured as our headline image is Rose by Ann Veronica Janssens which comprises seven beams of light and artificial haze.

Light Show includes Dan Flavin’s pioneering minimal fluorescent sculptures, Jenny Holzer’s monumental LED signs, and David Batchelor’s use of bright, industrially-produced colour. It also features immersive environmental installations by Carlos Cruz-Diez, James Turrell, Anthony McCall, and Ann Veronica Janssens, among others. Not seen before in the UK are recent works by Olafur Eliasson, and by Leo Villareal. Rare works re-created especially for the Hayward Gallery include early installations by Doug Wheeler, Nancy Holt, and Brigitte Kowanz. A new large-scale commission in neon by Ivan Navarro fills the front windows of the Hayward gallery foyer.

Visitors to the exhibition will be drawn into an intricate journey through five decades of light-based art that explores the intricacies of sight and ultimately how we see the world around us.

Light Show is curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Curator, Hayward Gallery.

Image © Luciano Romano - Galeria Alfonso Artiaco

Tickets: www.southbankcentre.co.uk   30 January – 28 April 2013




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