It’s like living in a light bulb, with the leaves
Like filaments and the sky a shell of thing, transparent glass
Enclosing the late heaven of a summer day, a canopy
Of incandescent blue above the dappled sunlight golden on the grass.
— Sally’s Hair by John Koethe (excerpt)
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents Living in a Lightbulb, curated by Jenny Jaskey and Mia Locks, a two-part exhibition in the gallery’s New York and Los Angeles locations.
Artists in the exhibition make use of light and heat —the sensoria of summer — to emphasize the slow, dynamic process of our encounter with these phenomena. Some artists employ sunlight as raw material to make images. Others point to the way energy directs and regulates time and behavior. Orienting sight, even survival, within the vagaries of the cosmos, “living in a light bulb” is a precarious and fundamentally interdependent proposition.
Works in the New York exhibition include a site-specific installation by Bill Jenkins that redirects daylight from the gallery’s front window to a back room. This sculpture of light illuminates a picture of the Cosmos by Scott Lyall, an image animated by light reflecting off sub-visible information embedded in NanoFoil. Lisa Oppenheim’s Heliograms capture the sea and sky at different times of day.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)