Chris Levine: Lightness of Being

CR has covered the work of light artist Chris Levine on several occasions recently – both in the magazine and on our blog

His collaborations with Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones have led to memorable images but it is perhaps a solo project for which Levine is best known.

In 2003 he was commissioned by the Jersey Heritage Trust to mark 800 years of the Islands’ allegiance to the crown. Levine’s response was Equanimity, a holographic portrait of the Queen. Using equipment designed by the leading holographer Rob Munday, the original holo­graphic stereogram portrait was constructed from a sequence of still photographs taken from a variety of different angles.

Apparently, HMQ enjoyed the process and Levine was granted another session during which he captured hundreds more images (including Lost In The Wood, bottom left and Equanimous 2, bottom right). The results of both these shoots can now be seen (if you’re quick) at a major show at Stolenspace in London’s Truman Brewery entitled Lightness of Being.

The gallery has taken on 13,000 square feet of extra space specif­ically for the exhibition in order to accommodate light installations using several hundred lasers and led lightworks projecting imagery onto the viewer’s peripheral vision. Levine refers to these original works as creating ‘visual echoes’ and hopes the show will “question the very mode of seeing and the lightness of being”.

If you can’t make it down to Stolen­space in time to experience Levine’s work in the flesh, much of it features in a catalogue for the show designed by why not associates (shown top). Or, if you can make it to New York in September, Levine has been commissioned to create a light installation to mark the opening of a new Museum of Art and Design .


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