“We don’t notice light when looking so much as we notice the things light allows us to see.”
– Soo Sunny Park
Interested in seeing a sculpture that is constantly changing, every time you look at it? Then check out Soo Sunny Park’s installation, Unwoven Light, at the Rice Galley on Rice University Campus.
Unwoven Light plays with the idea of light, and how the constantly changing quality of it can alter perceptions. Park uses chain link fencing and coated Plexiglas squares to create thirty-seven three-dimensional units, which are then arranged together to create a twisting abstract form. These forms mimic the flow of water, with the turning of waves and the glinting lights and color on the water’s surface.
The iridescent property of the coated Plexiglas allows each square to take on different colors, based on the position of the viewer and the angle of light hitting each particular square. Depending on what the viewer is wearing also affects the colors reflected. I happened to be wearing a black shirt, which was reflected in the squares as a royal blue color. My sister, who accompanied me on the gallery visit, wore a red shirt, which appeared as an orchid purple in the work. As we walked around, the squares changed and picked up the new reflections of color and light bouncing off of us. Each visit to the installation allows for a new experience of the work, based on the time of day related to light entering the gallery, the number of viewers, and different angles of viewing.
Light is a key ingredient to Park’s work, as she uses both natural and artificial light to create reflections. She states, “We don’t notice light when looking so much as we notice the things light allows us to see. Unwoven Light captures light and causes it to reveal itself, through colorful reflections and refractions on the installation’s surfaces and on the gallery floor and walls.” When standing in the gallery, the light not only dances on the work and the squares, but also on the viewer, creating an illusion of walking in a wonderland. The different shades of pinks mix with the dramatic dark blues and the exotic yellows, filling the space with light.
Unwoven Light can be found at the Rice Gallery from April 11 to August 30, 2013. For more information go to: http://ricegallery.org/new/exhibition/unwovenlight.html.
For more information on the artist, visit: http://soosunnypark.com/
Also check out this video from the Shepherd School of Music, as students use the installation for inspiration for a series titled, “New Art/New Music.”
All photographs taken by: Madeleine Keogh