creative assignment: light
May 23rd, 2014
You guys have been hounding me for your next creative assignment. I love it! It means you are as excited about this as I am (now if I could stop being a week behind on everything). I have been thinking about this challenge for a while now. I had a different idea, one that was pretty good and I was sure I was going to go with it. Then I accidentally fell in love with an artist.
I read this article about James Turrell in MIT Technology Now (it’s a tech magazine, yes I am a nerd). I felt this rush of excitement and awe just reading about his work. I spent the next 3 hours on the internet learning everything I could about him. James Turrell is an artist whose medium is light. Not that he paints the light, or lights his art in a particular way, he manipulates light itself. By using light in different ways, he affects our perception in a shockingly visceral way. It’s hard to describe how truly awesome Turrell’s work is (and I’m saying that having never even seen any firsthand). I could go on and on about the things he’s doing and has done, but I won’t. If you have the time (6 min) do watch this video on PBS about his work.
What I’d like you to do for this assignment is manipulate light. At first I thought this assignment would be perfect for Instagram (and it really is) but then I started thinking about sewing light and what that would mean. Many quilters I admire have an amazing ability to manipulate light in their quilts. This is one of my favorite quilts: Isthmus by Leah Evans. But you don’t have to sew light. You can photograph, draw, compute, bake even. Just use light as your medium.
Can you do it? Can I? I have no idea what I’m going to do. It might be crap, but that’s okay. Whatever it is, it’s due Friday May 30. Use the hashtag:
Post a picture (or 10) on Instagram, on the Elsie Marley Facebook page, on your Facebook page, your blog. Whatever. The point of these exercises is to do a little something and then put it out there. Ready? Okay, go!