Claremont Museum of Art shines
Posted Oct. 5, 2007
Christina Carter
“Ephemeral: Explorations in Light” opened at the Claremont Museum of Art on Sept. 15 and will remain on exhibit until Nov. 18. The installation features the work of Iñaki Boillas, Elaine Buckholtz, Thomas Glassford, Won Ju Lim and C.E.B Reas, who use the medium of light in their works. A Texas native, Thomas Glassford’s “Aster 385 T12/4100K, (blue center)” is constructed from multiple florescent tubes, which translate into a dramatic explosion of light. This exhibit is the third one to be put on display since the museum opened.

Jordan Litke
Staff Writer

“Ephemeral: Explorations in Light” portrays five new age artists who use a combination of light, darkness and often projectors at the Claremont Museum of Art that will be displayed until Nov. 18.

Iñaki Bonillas’ “Light Corridor/Corredor de Luz” lures viewers in acting as a pathway into the exhibit. The piece is a narrow hallway with pristine white sheet rock walls and bright neon tube lights filling the space with illumination.

This piece must be experienced, not stared at. The tube lights getting brighter as the hallway progresses is a subtle affect used by the artist to create “mood and temperature.” The narrow and closed-in path with bright lights gives the effect of walking into heaven after death.

Bonillas is from Mexico City, where he still lives and works.

“Light Corridor/Corredor de Luz” was made in 1999, and since that time, Bonillas’ artwork has been displayed in the Prague Biennal and the Venice Biennal.

When the tunnel ends there is darkness, and the other four artists’ work are exhibited using a much different combination of light than Bonillas’.

C.E.B. Reas utilizes modern technology to add movement and color to his piece “TI.”

With software, projectors and screens, Reas makes the illusion of floating “lily pads” coming from the sky. The software used by the artists allows the vibrant colors in the pads to have motion adding to the uniqueness of the piece.

The entire room is dark except for the light peering from the ceiling, projecting the oddly designed pads on the floor. Reas currently lives in Los Angeles and has had his work displayed in South Korea, New York, Czech Republic, Austria and Spain.

Won Ju Lim also used the dichotomy of sparkling lights and darkness in her piece “Elysian Field.” Using projectors and an intricately built structure, the artist recreates a city montage.

Buildings are projected on the walls, while lights shine through purple and yellow pieces of plastic in the structure made by Lim. This effect gives dimension and depth to the plain picture projected on the wall bringing the whole piece together.

Lim originally from South Korea, currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The artist has exhibited in such places as Hawaii, Spain and Germany.

Next to Lim’s “Elysian Field” is Elaine Buckholtz’s “Spinning Night Café.” She updates Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Night Café” with video installations and once again projectors. One half of the piece is the original Van Gogh while the other half is the creation of Buckholtz.

With Buckholtz’ addition to the painting, it comes to life with help of video rotations making the colors shift and move on a blank wall. The colors pop in darkness of the room and the artist perfectly gives a new aged twist to a classic painting.

“The Spinning Night Café” was created this year, and Buckholtz has had art exhibited in the Perogi Gallery in Germany, the Luggage Store and the New Langston Arts in San Francisco.

Back into the light Thomas Glassford’s “Aster 385 T12/4100K,(blue center)” illuminates his entire section of the exhibit. Glassford built a structure using white tube lights erecting from a blue center.

This piece is very unusual and very bright to look at. It is not clear what the piece is until one reads the program and learns it is a star descending from the sky.

Glassford originally from Laredo, Texas, currently lives and works in Mexico City.

His artwork has been displayed across the United States in several exhibits.

The artists portrayed art in a different light in this exhibit. The pieces are a dramatic exploration into the future of modern art as they use technology instead of a brush and paint to display a message.

Jordan Litke can be reached at jlitke@ulv.edu.

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