Greylock Arts

Past Exhibit › LEDs Are Pretty

A group exhibition of art celebrating the simple and ubiquitous light emitting diode.

Archived on December 28th 2007.

In this interactive exhibit we explore the simple and ubiquitous Light Emitting Diode’s capacity as an expressive object. Artists use the LED to generate light, display images and patterns, respond to our actions, and reflect on our environment. The result is a collection of diverse works that truly celebrate the beauty of the LED.

Curated by Marianne R. Petit & Matthew Belanger.

Chandelier by Miriam Songster The Luscious Electric Delight by Leif Krinkle Fireflies by John Schimmel Constellations by Carlyn Maw Stoneglow by Minsoo Lee, Rory Nugent and Gregory Stringer
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In The Storefront:

Chandelier by Miriam SongsterChandelier by Miriam Songster
This work combines disparate materials – and their very different associates – to shed light on questions of beauty and value. The indestructible yet disposable plastic cable tie meets the glamour of Austrian crystal. The formality and luxuriousness of the traditional crystal chandelier is infiltrated by the modern light emitting diode. The precise pattern formed by the LEDs contrasts with the soft, organic pattern of light bouncing off water. The result a mongrel but perhaps no worse off for it.

In The Gallery:

Constellations by Carlyn MawConstellations by Carlyn Maw
Constellations is a body of work exploring the similarities and differences between how people relate to stars and their social networks. The night sky burgeons with a vast array of lights in a chaotic tumble. Through the centuries, with the great human compulsion to organize, people have embossed their own relationships onto the celestial firmament, layering mythologies on the void to find direction and hold loneliness at bay. As the stars themselves become dim in the urban landscape, people are in constant contact with an increasing number of other humans. The nature of these connections has also changed. One may see the deli counter guy daily, the favorite TV actress weekly, and a parent once a year at best. These interactions are set in a field of shared subway platforms, hugs, handshakes, text messages, telephone calls, emails and Scrabulous games. Inspired by stock photography, family photographs and star charts, this phase of the project employes LEDs and gold on canvas to isolate individual interpersonal archetypes, offering up messy relationships as stilled sparks of light.

Fireflies by John SchimmelFireflies by John Schimmel
Fireflies are networked nightlights for a local environment, the jars can be placed in different bedrooms or other spots around a home so people can communicate with one another through simply tapping on the jars. For example, if you tap the jar in your bedroom you will pulse the colored fireflies associated with that jar. The neighboring jars in your home will receive and pulse your taps, record them and then play them back. The neighboring jars can respond with their own tapping and broadcast themselves to the nightlights in the home.

The Luscious Electric Delight by Leif KrinkleThe Luscious Electric Delight by Leif Krinkle
The Luscious Electric Delight is a psychedelic display system designed to extend the perceptional apparatus of the viewer. A matrix of 2,100 light emitting diodes programmed to display algorithmically generated psychedelic graphics. The algorithms employ two dimensional graphs of complex waveforms that evolve over the third dimension of time. These images evoke a set of perceptional sensations in the viewer using stroboscopic movement and blinky lights.

Stoneglow by Minsoo Lee, Rory Nugent and Gregory StringerStoneglow by Minsoo Lee, Rory Nugent and Gregory Stringer
Stoneglow is a collection of stone-shaped lighting devices that change color depending on their relationship to one another. Each stone has an inherent color personality that is either red, green or blue. When placed near another stone, the color of a stone shifts and fades, mixing its inherent color with the color of each neighboring stone. The stones are encouraged to be rearranged and played with, in order to explore various color sequences and even unique color combinations. Stoneglow can be viewed as either a playful piece of art or an interesting device for interior lighting.

Exhibit Dates & Times:

November 16th – December 28th 2007
Admission is free and open to the public.
Open Saturdays 1 – 4 p.m. and by appointment.
Appointments can be made by phone or email.

Opening Reception:

Friday November 16th 2007, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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93 Summer Street, Adams, MA 01220

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