Saturday, April 30th, 7-10pm
Curated by Heather Hubbs
Forrest Myers and Jim Clark present two complementary light installations at Regina Rex that explore the timed development of colors, as they juxtapose and then shift seamlessly into one another. Luminous Flux is the measurement of light, which alters significantly as white light breaks down into primary and secondary colors. With a focus on every hue, except for white, Myers and Clark explore the visual and spatial effects that this flux plays upon perception.
Using a 60-inch flat screen, Forrest Myers captures the full saturation of colors that gradually project as a series of opposites in a most tranquil manner. While standing or sitting in front of this piece, four separate pieces move from one to the other in a timed sequence. Two Million Colors and Their Opposite (1981/2011) for instance, portrays two rectangles placed evenly atop a flat third one as the spin of opposites slowly begins. Split Decision (2011) portrays twice as many rectangles, slightly offset, and moves at a faster speed while creating a new structure for opposites to interact. The Image After (2011) comprises thick bands of color that gradually alternate while Snow (1991/2011) represents the obsessive black-and-white dots, most commonly seen on TV sets, interspersed with small dots of color. While watching this rapid movement, spider-like forms can be seen moving across the screen.
Jim Clark carries color and illusion further in The Future is Now (2011) a group of fiber-optic cables that suspend from the ceiling and drop into a bag of water while spinning color into the gallery’s dark, unlit space. Using color as a motif within his light sculpture, Clark continues his investigation of the ephemeral moment within the scope of kinetics. For Clark, the observed interaction of light and color working actively together is key, transforming sculpture from a static, formal object into one that is independently performative and abstract.
- Jill Conner, New York Editor of Whitehot Magazine
Images: Left: Jim Clark, studio detail, 1995, photo by Andrew Moore; Right: Forrest Myers, still from Two Million Colors and Their Opposite, 1981/2011
Heather Hubbs is the director of the New Art Dealers Alliance and has been organizing independent projects since 2002.