Structures of Time and Space

Erwin Redl

1/24/2014 - 4/6/2014

Erwin Redl investigates the process of “reverse engineering” by (re-)translating the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality and 3-D computer modeling back into architectural environments by means of large scale light installations.

Known for his work using LEDs, Redl presents two installations in the present exhibition. Premiering at Wood Street Galleries, Twists and Turns uses successive layers of suspended glass plates to reflect four high-intensity light beams. The inherent draft in the room causes the glass plates to move at various speeds, scattering light reflections across the walls and ceiling. The reflections are replicated again and again by the plates, creating an intense pattern of colored light, effectively dematerilaizing the architecture of the room.

Speed Shift uses two bands of white LED light grids and simple beeps to create subtle shifts in the audience’s perception of time. Each LED band displays a wave animation with synchronized pulses of beeps indicating the wave’s speed. The speed of each individual wave changes slowly overtime, shifting in and out of phase with the other wave.

In both Twists and Turns and Speed Shift, Redl investigates the process of reverse engineering, by translating the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality and 3D computer modeling back into architectural environments through large-scale light installations. Due to the large sized nature of the installations’ architectural dimensions, participation by the viewer being present is an integral part of the artwork.

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