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Local Dimming

There have been a lot of dimly-lit shows recently. Graeme Fagan’s at Tramway is dark, and, before that, so was Dougie Morland’s. At Transmission, both Torsten Lauschman and Criag Mulholland have dimmed the lights. Ronnie Heeps’ show at The Embassy featured a lamp-lit room.

In some cases, the darkness is part and parcel of the installation - Torsten and Ronnie’s shows were, in very different ways, concerned with transforming the gallery space into an alternate environment - but in others, the work might easily have been shown in the usual harshly-lit white cube. For these shows, the dimness is more about light than dark - Dougie’s sculptures and paintings, for example, were spotlit, which served to divide the space, and connect the works.

I don’t know if this is happening elsewhere, but I’d say that many examples add up to a little trend.

Funnily enough, it makes things easier to look at.

Posted at 8pm on 17/02/05 by Jack Mottram to the art, art and culture category.
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