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John Rickus and Carlie Todor Rickus present light as art object and as a partner in installation and performance. In this installation, the artists will assemble a light sculpture with data that informs its color and movement created by the viewer. This installation takes simple sculptural objects and scans them to create a light-art piece, a scan obtaining data for aesthetic display. The light intensity, color and texture changes the phenomenology in the space and with it new motivation to move.
The viewer experiences a light-art piece in a darkened room. A cluster of cylindrical tubes, three inches in diameter and four feet long, create a light sculpture approximately 16’ in diameter. The sculpture hangs from the ceiling in the center of the room, lighting up in varied colors and movements. On a small tabletop situated in a dark corner of the space, a collection of solid-colored blocks in varied shapes and sizes rests on a turntable. At first glance, the viewer may not connect the tiny art piece and the large environmental light sculpture. If/when they do, they will discover that they participate in the installation by dismantling and reassembling the tiny sculpture. The viewer creates a new topography that is scanned and output into light.
In 2016, a temporal installation illustrating the potential of the Scan piece was installed in the conference room glass wall for one night during the Burchfield Penny’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Golden. This piece was well-received by those in attendance and is ready for a new site, shape and reworked technology. The artists will create a new three-dimensional light piece in the controlled environment of Project Space.