Infinite Light

September 26th, 2008 by Steven Kowalik

In connection with the Hunter College Art Galleries’ exhibitions to : Night, Contemporary Representations of the Night (curated by Joachim Pissarro, Mara Hoberman, and Julia Moreno)
<http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/art/galleries/index.htm> a work entitled Infinite Light created by the French artist Laurent Grasso, is intended to span the exterior of the pedestrian bridges that connect the main buildings at Hunter College. The piece is comprised of the words “day for night” illuminated in neon and repeated several times. The fluorescent tubes cast a blue tint which is similar to the filters used by cinematographers when filming scenes during the day to represent nighttime. By playing with the technique of “day for night,” Infinite Light produces an effect which is both spectacular—in the visual seductiveness of the material used, the scale of the piece, and the repetition of the words—and deceptive because the intensity of the light it produces means that paradoxically, it is only visible once night begins to fall.

The work was unveiled on Thursday, September 25 at 6:45 pm on the Hunter West Building Plaza located at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, SW corner

Infinite Light

Infinite Light

The following is a short list of related library resources:

Light! : the industrial age 1750-1900 : art & science, technology & society
Hunter Main – Library Stacks – N8219.L5 B58 2001

Into the light : the projected image in American art, 1964-1977
Hunter Main – Library Stacks – N6512.5 .V53 I43 2001

Visions of light : the art of cinematography
Hunter Reserve – DVD68 (available for 7 day loan)

Dan Flavin : a retrospective
Hunter Main – Library Stacks – N6537 .F55 A4 2004

Jenny Holzer
Hunter Main – Library Stacks – N6537.H577 A4 1997

Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees :
a life of contemporary artist Robert Irwin

Hunter Reserve – N6537 .I64 W4 1982

James Turrell : the art of light and space
Hunter Main – Library Stacks – N6537.T78 A84 1990

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