Gallery artist Penelope Umbrico is part of Sun Light / Star Light, a group show at Louisiana Art & Science (LA). Presented in honor of the International Year of Light, Sun Light / Star Light provides a telling glimpse into the ways in which we think about the Sun in terms of its aesthetic, scientific and spiritual dimensions.
Nearly every human civilization has expressed fascination with celestial phenomena, and the Sun in particular. Thought to be about 4.5 billion years old, our Sun is considered relatively young. When viewed from Earth, it appears to be roughly the same size as our planet. Yet it is the most massive object in our solar system. It holds 99.8 percent of our solar system’s mass and is roughly 109 times the diameter of Earth. No wonder we have such boundless curiosity about the Sun, and have expressed our understanding of it in a visual manner since prehistoric times.
The exhibition, which brings together a selection of international artists at the forefront of today’s art scene, features imaginative light sculptures, paintings, and digital works made by: artist duo Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett, Calgary, Canada; Jonathan Feldschuh, New York City; IstadPacini Art Lab (collaborators Christine Istad and Lisa Pacini), Oslo, Norway; Eva Lee, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Taro Shinoda, Tokyo, Japan; and Penelope Umbrico, New York. Also on view is an innovative art video produced by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, presented at the Art & Science Museum as an immersive experience. Brought together, these thought-provoking works of art invite us to contemplate upon the Sun and renew our human relationship with the star we live with.
The exhibition runs October 10, 2015 – January 03, 2016.
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