Lighting : Lighting October 2016 - Vol 36 Issue 5
30 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | October/November 2016 Ifirst had the idea of Globelight in 2012, intending it to be something more like a big gallery show than a light festival. Artists working primarily with light and installation often have a struggle finding exhibition opportunities. What public opportunities are there for feedback? Is there any way the work can be displayed as part of a larger context? Such opportunities can be rare in Australia. I studied as a painter (like many light artists) and continued down that path for close to ten years and the simplicity and convenience of being able to work every day in the studio just doesn’t translate into installation as a BY JAMES TAPSCOTT Globelight – artists working with light OPINION practise. It ’s rare to get more than a couple of opportunities to exhibit each year and almost never as part of a cohesive group show. Further, it’s the exhibitions that allow you to develop your voice and your understanding of spatial relationships, viewer interaction, etc that you can’t replicate in the studio. The other reason was to provide a counter- balance to the ubiquitous light festivals that are now seemingly in any city with a population over 100,000. To me these have always been more about technology and the delivery of a spectacle than about art. Much of the time it appears as if the relationship between the artist and their medium is not so much about an artist using technology to communicate an idea, but the technology using an artist to show itself off. And since light as a medium isn’t taught in any depth at schools, many artists don’t begin their journey with any real foundation of understanding of light itself. As a painter (or with any other traditional medium) you are taught the basics first, to build your knowledge and skill from the ground up. With light, especially now, you can just purchase profound technology for very little money and start stuffing it inside whatever sculpture you want to glow – because you can. So Globelight was designed to create a community, a context for artists to develop Veronica Aldous, Peter Kennedy and James Tapscott at the opening night in the Off The Kerb Gallery. Image supplied by Globelight.
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