Fischli and Weiss
Ann Veronica Janssens
Cerith Wyn Evans
This group exhibition explores the experiential and phenomenal nature of light. It showcases artworks by 22 artists produced since the 1960s in which light itself is used as a material to sculpt and shape space. From atmospheric installations to intangible sculptures and a variety of lighting technologies, these artworks challenge the viewer to consider the role of light in everyday life.
The exhibition is curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Hayward Gallery Curator.
Light Show explores the experiential and phenomenal aspects of light by bringing together sculptures and installations that use light to sculpt and shape space in different ways. The exhibition showcases artworks created from the 1960s to the present day, including immersive environments, free-standing light sculptures and projections.
From atmospheric installations to intangible sculptures that you can move around and even through, visitors can experience light in all of its spatial and sensory forms. Individual artworks explore different aspects of light such as colour, duration, intensity and projection, as well as perceptual phenomena. They also use light to address architecture, science and film, and do so using a variety of lighting technologies.
Resisting the ever-increasing cultural temptation to think, work and move 'at the speed of light', these artworks challenge the viewer to slow down and consider the role of light in everyday life, exploring colour, duration, movement, sunlight and moonlight.
Light has the power to affect our state of mind as well as alter how we perceive the world around us, and Light Show includes some of the most visually stimulating artworks created in recent years. It also includes rare works not seen for decades and re-created specially for the Hayward Gallery.
Light Show features works by 22 artists including David Batchelor, Jim Campbell, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Bill Culbert, Olafur Eliasson, Fischli and Weiss, Dan Flavin, Ceal Floyer, Nancy Holt, Jenny Holzer, Ann Veronica Janssens, Brigitte Kowanz, Anthony McCall, François Morellet, Iván Navarro, Philippe Parreno, Katie Paterson, Conrad Shawcross, James Turrell, Leo Villareal, Doug Wheeler and Cerith Wyn Evans.
Please note that some installations in the exhibition contain artificial mist, flashing or strobe lighting.
The hardback catalogue Light Show, with extensive illustration and including essays by Cliff Lauson,Philip Ball and Anne Wagner, is available at a special price of £24.99.
Image: Alluring, Jenny Holzer's Monument, made in 2008
The exhibition is accompanied by a public programme of talks, tours, poetry readings, live music and other events.
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To mark the opening of Light Show at Hayward Gallery, wednesday 30 January, artists featured in the exhibition including David Batchelor, Nancy Holt, Conrad Shawcross, Anthony McCall and Leo Villareal discuss how light inspires their art.
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