The Spotlight: Functional Lighting as Illuminated Sculpture

March 9, 2016

The Spotlight: Functional Lighting as Illuminated Sculpture
June 11, 2016 – August 20, 2016

Opening Reception: June 11, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm


Los Angeles, CA – The Craft in America Center is partnering with The Furniture Society for a lighting exhibition to be hosted at the Craft in America Center this summer.

Hovering between art and engineering, lighting design requires multidisciplinary creativity and finesse. Our direct engagement with lighting objects is often limited in a tactile sense to the flipping of a switch. Yet, the ephemeral force that they emit revolutionizes how we experience any environment.

With many lights designed to serve first and foremost as transmitters that dissolve anonymously into a space, this exhibition will instead focus on those that stand out on their own as sculptural art objects. The lamps and lighting that will be shown in this exhibition transform spaces through their primary functional capacity but also through the elegance and intrigue that they bring to domestic and commercial environments. This exhibition will focus on lighting types and styles that feature craftsmanship melded with design innovation.

Participating artists include: Garry Knox Bennett, Evan Chambers, Byron Conn, Julie Conway, Uri Davillier, Timothy Ferrie, Mia Hall, Nathaniel Hall, Po Shun Leong, John Conver Lutz, Brett MacLearnsberry, Julie Morringello, Marcus Papay, Kenny Pieper, Isabella Pierson, Christopher Poehlmann, Clark Renfort, William Stranger, Stephen White, and Hongtao Zhou.

Lecture Series: Lighting and Craft Convergences
6/18, 5pm: Po Shun Leong Artist Talk
Designer, architect and woodworker Leong will trace the divergent paths he has explored in craft and design while living in Europe, Mexico and California.

7/9, 5pm: Julie Conway Artist Talk
Glass artist Conway, who is owner of Illuminata Art Glass Design, will discuss personal inspirations and the broad context of glass in lighting and in architectural spaces over time.

This exhibition was co-planned with The Furniture Society.

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