This installation took place in the main gallery
at Artspace Gallery, Peterborough. It was designed on the premise
that coloured light helps us to see what light is doing in space,
across form and surface, and over time.
The gallery space had three west and one east
window - coloured glass panes were added, as well as several
elements introduced to ‘make visible’ the play of
light within the space. These included:
1) a ‘reflecting pool’ of plate glass on the floor
in the centre of the space
2) galvanized metal frames mimicking the window frames (north
3) painted ‘windows’ (south wall) in varying gloss
levels (white on gray wall).
To a keen observer, a walk around the gallery
space revealed many different ‘aspects of light’:
the glow of ambient colour on walls near the windows; kinetic
colour caused by the reflectivity of metal frames and gloss
paint (and one’s movement in the space); the contrast
between ‘soft’ and hard’ reflections on the
wood floor and plate glass ‘pool’ respectively;
coloured shadows generated by the metal frames and moving figures
within the space; the changing location and size of projected
light on walls, floors, stairs…
In the morning, the solitary east window projected
light onto floor and walls - by noon, the projection was gone,
leaving soft glowing colour on nearby surfaces.
Around 1 pm, the three west window projections began to surface
on the north wall and the floor. By mid-afternoon, the space
was activated by long stretches of coloured light reaching diagonally
across the gallery space.
In late afternoon, as the west light became directly
parallel to the north wall, the projections stretched out and
magnified on the wall until only the northern window projection
remained, stretched along the full length of the gallery wall,
before gradually fading and disappearing for the night.