Posts Tagged ‘light’

Artist of the moment….Angela Bulloch

The first image in the gallery  is a work that uses seventeen different Inuit words for the word “snow.” Very unique and done on glass using vinyl text.

Angelo Bulloch hails from Canada and was born in the city of Rainy Rivers, Ontario, Canada in they year 1966. She is renown for the use of mixed media in her work. She also tends to work for the most part with boxes that painted one solid color but when you plug in her work the colors of the box change often. Some works that are installations take up the space of an entire wall and are similar to what you might see in looking at an old vintage video game from the 1970s or 1980s, think of games like Pitfall the original pong, the graphics were very simple lines that showed movement. Bulloch also stresses the use of sound in some installation works. To see a great example of her color changing boxes check out the film clips towards the end of this article!

For her boxes sometimes she uses plexiglass, birchwood panels, and L.E.D. lights.

For her collegiate studies the artist attended Goldsmith College in London, England.

She was a finalist for the Turner Prize in 1997.

Works out of London and Berlin.

Price range information:  The artist works in mixed media and the works range from $10,000 to $55,000.

Another interesting idea that Bulloch has is to use information or input from someone in her installation idea. For instance in this clip we see a work that deals with people talking, the machine makes a horizontal or vertical mark according to what it hears.

A work from Art Basel 2012.

Seeing this short clip is better than seeing any picture in the gallery. You get an idea as to how the artist manipulates the color boxes, they in fact aren’t just one color but rotate much like a Las Vegas billboard!

I find the artist to be similar to the American Light and Space artists profiled here, I enjoy her use of color and absolutely love the work featuring 17 words in Inuit for snow.


Artist of the moment…..Robert Irwin….







I know you have seen the news clips featuring artist Jose Villareal and his light exhibition adorning the San Francisco bridge. Its awesome and costs only $30 per night to operate. I hope more light artists produce works similar in manner! I have blogged about Villareal already, but wanted to make sure you saw the bridge now that it is finished.

Price range information: Of course no prices on the installations but collectors are fond of his older works in oils which range $40,000 to $400,000. Acrylics range $30,000 to $300,000.

In this clip we visit the site of the permanent indoor display featuring Robert Irwin.It is located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and was installed in 2008.The name of the art is Light and Space III.

Robert Irwin was born in the year 1928 in Long Beach, California. For his artistic education Irwin attended the Chouinard Institute, the Otis Art Institute, and the Jepson Art Institute. Irwin was even part of the teaching faculty at Chouinard and later the University California, Irvine. Irwin is renown for working with light and space.
Like many abstract painters Irwin lists John McLaughlin as a major influence. McLaughlin lived from 1898 until 1976. As the son of a judge he was exposed to many artistic styles and fell in love with Asian art. He would go on to serve in the military as an interpreter. He was nearly fifty years old when he took up painting on his own. When he started out he was one of few artists working abstractly. Here is an example of McLaughlins abstract style.artwork_images_79_792917_john-mclaughlin
Irwin began as a painter of realism in the late 1950s and in the early 1960s started to make the move to abstraction with paintings of lines and dots. He continued this method of painting and joined the University of California at Irvine teaching faculty in 1968. In the early 1970s the artist quit working in his studio and started to explore works that were enginered for specific locations. At the beginning these installations used steel wires and very thin woven fabric used in theater set design. Later, the artist would add light to these works. Another recurring theme for these works is a feeling of being isolated and inhabiting a very sparse and empty space. With his technique of the viewer taking up space I am reminded of installation artist James Turrell, who is best known for a volcanic crater in Flagstaff, Arizona. James Turrell’s goal is to form an environment so that the only focus is light and sky. Roden’s crater from inse is pictured below.25finklarge2
If you enjoy the work of Robert Irwin make sure and check the art of Olafur Eliasson. Eliasson hails from Denmark and incorporates light and elements of weather in his art.

Artist of the moment……Larry Bell



Larry Bell is an artist renown for working with light and one basic geometric shape, the cube. Rivers makes many different cubes with unique materials. A cube might be covered in vaporised metals and quartz. So the viewer also gets to enjoy the way light reflects off the paper. Larry Bell was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1939. Bell works and lives out of Sante Fe, New Mexico and Venice, California. For his artistic education Bell attended the Chouinard Institute.
In this clip a show at the San Diego Museum of Art featuring Bell.

In addition to the boxes Bell enjoys making drawings with vapor. These works are similar to a hologram in the way they reflect light and change as the viewer moves about. With his process it allows for random images, very abstract to appear. As an acrylic artist its similar to using 99% rubbing alcohol and adding it atop a wet glaze to produce free flowing shapes. The main ingredient in his technique is the use of a certain type of film called PET film. Bell first applies the film to paper which is then coated. After working with this method many years he varied it slightly by using cut paper from remnants of scraps from, past works. Bell would make a very large collage from the scraps. These are my personal favorite of the artist’s work because of the many ways the light is reflected.
Bell also developed a style of using a computer to animate stick figures. He then made sculptures out of bronze of the figures. The animated stick figure is also used by the artist Julien Opie.
Bell now has mixed his various methods and developed new works that feature a cube that are not enclosed with metal. Another addition is the additive of vaporized metals to the surface.The process takes place in a vacuum chamber.
Price range information: Highest priced are the glass cubes reaching up to $600,000. Drawings with vapor range from $2,000 to $5,000. Works made with aluminum range from $20,000 to $100,000.
A true artist makes the ordinary extra-ordinary! I have never been so intrigued by a square.Though never seeing his work in person, his work is the epitome of modern art as it incorporates very modern materials with basic shapes.


If you enjoy Larry Bell make sure to check out the art of Karl Benjamin. Benjamin was a world renown hard edged abstract painter born 1925 and he passed away last year. An example of a cube by Benjamin is below. 31837_68520_26_1