|Lumen & Lux
|Vernissage le jeudi 1 décembre 2011
Ouverture du 2 décembre au 14 janvier 2012
|With Libero Zuppiroli and the Optoelectronics of Molecular Materials Lab, EPFL
Visites guidées de l'exposition avec le Professeur Libero Zuppiroli et Daniel Schlapfer :
Jeudi 8 décembre 2011 à 17h
Mardi 20 décembre 2011 à 17h30
Vendredi 6 janvier 2012 à 17h
Daniel Schlaepfer has been collaborating for several years with Libero Zuppiroli, professor at EPFL and the author of two treatises on light and colour. Their mutual fascination for light and colour led Schlaepfer, an artist, and Zuppiroli, a scientist, to experiment in their own way with light in the hope of discovering its many subtleties. Their work has led them to realise that artificial light does not provide an adequate solution for those who wish for more poetic and playful lighting.
Goethe understood that the eye is an organ built by solar light and for light. For millennia, men have adapted and become used to round, thermal light sources – like the sun, or fire, candles or incandescent lighting – which are smoother and soothing to the eye. The question of relaxing the eye is not one taken into account by new scientific developments.
For the exhibition Lumen & Lux at the Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Daniel Schlaepfer deconstructs fluorescent lights in order to appropriate himself of them more easily. He finds inspiration in the great masters of light, such as James Turrell, miniaturising the installations in order to give more of a body to the light. Following on from the counsel of the physicist Richard Feynman, Daniel Schlaepfer creates light that is also brown, copper-green, or blue-grey, a whole palette of light-colours that do not exist in Newton’s spectrum. Reminding us of Delacroix or Monet, Schlaepfer is interested in the colour of shadows, which he reveals in an intimate and definitely surprising sequence.
The materials used in the exhibition have been tested and prepared at the Laboratory of Optoelecronics of Molecular Materials (LOMM) of the EPFL. Lucy Mackintosh is delighted to present Lumen & Lux with Daniel Schlaepfer, who will be exhibiting in a gallery in Lausanne for the first time in twenty years.