the artists :
MARIANA ACOSTA CONTRERAS
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Our built environment and the natural environment continually converse and act upon each other, each giving structure and new meanings to the other. My recent work takes its inspiration from the ways these forces make hybrid landscapes and spaces, and involves attempts to draw attention to the manifestations of their relationships. The work in this show in particular calls attention to the commonly overlooked by skewing its context; the seam of two planes of a room (where wall meets floor) and the texture of a much-used surface becomes a drawing of both a window in a room and a square mass of a modernist building in a street; the odd landscaping choices of Providence city planners (raised grass beds), scaled domestically, reference both the original and bed springs. In these pieces, "inside" and "outside" are understood as in a state of flux, one reflecting the other.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
NAOMI CRELLIN, Interior Architecture, MIA '09
Light Space Modulator / Light Prop for an Electric Stage : Digital (Re)Investigation, 2008
From 1921 – 1930, Moholy-Nagy developed what is now commonly referred to as the ‘Light –Space Modulator’, though it was originally called (and intended to be) a ‘light prop for an electric stage’. I was interested in the notion that a component of the machine’s original intent had been lost with the passage of time: originally intended as a prop for stage projection, we are now concerned with the object itself, not the environment it was intended to create.
This project digitally rediscovers the modulator as a tool for exploring the possibilities of light, color and space, showing what the machine, with the original lighting system and box enclosure could produce. One animation shows the stage backdrop that would be projected from the machine, the other shows the view of the object from the front of its box enclosure. This project investigates the Modulator in light of these original design elements and rediscovers the Light Prop and its importance for the idea of ‘painting with light ‘, which Moholy-Nagy educed both as an artist and a teacher.
GIGI GATEWOOD, Photography, MFA '09