Infinite Light by Laurent Grasso
September 25, 2008 – Jan 12, 2009
Curated by Joachim Pissarro, Mara Hoberman, and Julia Moreno
Infinite Light, 2006/2008
(Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris)
In connection with these exhibitions, a work entitled Infinite Light created by the French artist Laurent Grasso, was installed on the exterior of the pedestrian bridges that connect the main buildings at Hunter College. This marks the first time an art event of such scale has graced the exterior of the college. The piece is comprised of the repeating words “day for night” illuminated in neon. 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.
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