Posts Tagged ‘light artist’

Artist of the moment…….Marc Rembold

Marc Rembold was born in Zurich, Switzerland in the year 1963.Rembold developed his style of working with the color spectrum in the 1980s. Rembold defined his work as living colors which change their value as the temperature of light changes. The artist works with many mediums including resin and petrol cans covered with gold. Rembold enjoys working with plexiglass.  The artist is trying to captivate your eye with the items including glitter and finding ways to make light dance around text.

I have written many times on “Light Artists” and my favorite includes the artist Jams Turrell.

The artist is now based out of Basel, Switzerland.

A wonderful blend of modern technology and text in this clip:

Another work of modern pop art by Marc Rembold;

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In addition to James Turrell another light artist in the news frequently this year has been Leo Villareal. Villareal has made a wonderful light installation on the San Francisco Bridge that has drawn rave reviews from locals, visitors, and even the mayor. Below a clip showing this display of lights on the San Francisco Bridge. The artwork uses state of the art lights so the cost is very little per day.


Artist of the moment…..Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson is a multimedia artist born in Denmark, Copenhagen in the year 1967. Though he has done sculpture work , photography, and prints Eliasson is best known for his installation works involving with light and sometimes involving water and air. For his artistic education attended the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

price range information: The artist is very prolific as far as output, his mediums include photography, glass, steel, ink, oils, and metals. Photographs start at $5,000. Other mediums start at $10,000 and go to the low six figures. Eliasson has broken the $1.0 million dollar mark at auction with a work titled the fivefold eye selling for $1.23 million. Below some images of this work.

Part of the 2003 Venice Biennale.

As an artist my favorite works are those that include multiple shadows of one figure. They are reminiscent to me of the multi image works of Elvis Presley made by Andy Warhol.

A wonderful interview with the artist. This captures what I can’t through the gallery. You must actually see the light reflecting from the various mirrors or aluminum sheets used by the artist to get a true feeling for his work.

Has a studio in Berlin, Germany.

Sometimes works with as many as 30 people on certain light installation projects.

The works receiving the most critical attention of Eliasson’s would be the Weather Project. This was an installation done at London’s Tate Modern Museum in 2003. This was a great show for the artist and attracted over 2 million viewers! A large hall was emptied and inside humidifiers were placed that displaced a mixture of sugar and water that filled the air. The top of the hall was a large mirror and people could see themselves. As a result many laid on the floor to take part in the installation. Many viewers came back to the exhibit multiple times.

And here we go to London’s Tate Modern to visit the Weather Project.

A work that generated a large number of negative and positive remarks was titled the New York City Waterfalls. This project of Eliasson was to set up man made waterfalls and set up lights and illuminate the waterfalls when darkness came and throughout the night. The project was to cost around $15 million dollars.

In this clip we visit the installation New York City Waterfalls. Cool stuff!

And as a fan of the Art Car series by BMW, we visit a car made by Eliasson.

Since Thomas Kinkade has passed, we have the new “painter” of light!


Artist of the moment…….James Turrell

The artist was born in 1943 in Pasadena, California. His parents were both Quakers. His father was a space engineer, his mother was educated to be a doctor.

Turrell is a pioneer and is perhaps the most widely known artist working with light. He is widely known for his current and on going project the Roden Center. The center is a natural crater in the earth that he his making into an observatory. The crater is on property the artist owns just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.

A clip from a wonderful series done via PBS about artists called ART 21. In this series you can meet firsthand artists like Mark Bradford, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Louise Bourgouis. Turrell and his desert project were subject of this interview.

Another great interview with the artist whilst he was at a Moscow museum. Its in English with Russian subtitles. The artist talks about how and why his focus is actual light not the painting of light.

A project that opened in June of this year at Rice University called the Turrell Skyspace.

Though primarily a sculptor the artist used other mediums such as watercolor, pastels, etchings, glass, collage, pencil, and ink.

High price range:  Ink work for $180,000. Pencil for $57,000. Glass work for $56,000.

Low price range: Encuastic work for $15,000. Etchings can be found for less than one thousand dollars.

Turrell was able to get a pilots license at the age of sixteen. He was able to earn money by flying supplies to mines that were hard to get to. He earned a bachelors degree from Pomono College in psychology. Earned a masters degree from Claremont Graduate School.

The artist started working with light in 1966 and alongside Doug Wheeler and Robert Irwin the trio was known as the Light and Space group. With Sam Francis the artist made sky drawings.

The artist is also a quaker and designed a meeting with an opening in the roof to view light, the light has a religious meaning. Turrell has come to call these works SKYSCAPES. This is the type of work located at Rice University.  Turrell has built skyscape projects around the world in locations such as Spain and England.

Turrell has made works of art like one titled “Acton.” The viewer walks into the room and sees a blank canvas.  The viewer walks closer only to see that the canvas is not a canvas at all,  but rather a hole in the wall that is enhanced by the Turrell’s wonderful use of  light.

I enjoy this artist most for his ability to work on such large scale projects. After looking at tens of thousands of images where there is a subject and the artist must paint the affect of light on the subject, it was very new and interesting to see an artwork whose subject was light plain and simple.


Artist of the moment…Light artist Leo Villareal….

The artist was born in Albuquerque,  New Mexico in 1967.

Currently works and lives in New York city.

A clip from the San Jose Museum of Art featuring a show given my Leo Villareal.

Another clip from the same show.

I decided to add another clip because his art is something that must be seen when it lights up and its fun to watch the pattern of the lights.

The artist is among the finest in the world when it comes to incorporating modern technology with his art. His installations are a visual delight for the eyes. Fun shapes and electricity make for a wonderful result.  Like Harkness Villareal went to Yale and earned his bachelors degree there. For his graduate studies the artist went to NYU Tisch School for the Arts.

Had had major exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The Hirschorn Musuem of Art and Sculpture, the Los Angeles Musuem of Contemporary Art. Included in museum collections at the Museum of Modern Art New York and Brooklyn Museum of Art also in New York.

A link for the artist’s own website:

The artist developed a computer code that makes an autonomous illumination of the hundreds and sometimes thousands of lights used by the artists. The artist sometimes works in a very large format with works sometimes having sides longer than twenty feet.  Its great because by varying colors the viewer can have the feeling of bright sunshine or a cool grey sunset.

The most known public work of the artist is at the National Gallery of Art  in Washingon D.C.  The work is titled “Multiverse.” You can view it whilst walking from the East to the West buildings of the gallery.  The installation has more than 40,000 lights set up to a computer program.

A short clip from the Multiverse work.

In 1994 the artist attended the Burning Man festival in the middle of the Nevada desert. This helped him to decide on his artistic path.  Villareal wanted to re create experiences but done on a very large scale.

Price range: Was able to find a 12 by 12 by 6 inch box that went for $3,000. Not idea how much the larger sized public installations would be.

Villareal is working on a project to light up the San Francisco bridge. Some numbers on the project! It includes around 25,000 LED lights, the project is 1.8 miles wide, and 500 feet high.  Its a great project and it should start in 2013 and is set up to run for two years time.   The design took a great deal of work to be visable by those visiting the area and close to the bridge, but the community didn’t want it to become a distraction for the drivers crossing the brige. A great link for the project is:

I enjoy this artist for his use of very modern items including LED lights and developing his own software codes to illuminate the lights. Very innovative and contemporary!