British born artist, Angela Bulloch was recently on view at Simon Lee Gallery in Hong Kong, China for her solo show “Universal Mineral”. For people who are remotely familiar with Bulloch’s work understands the expanse of mediums that she involves in her practice. Many themes in the work revolve around systematic relationships between visual aesthetics and mathematics/science resulting in investigations in patterns, color, and form.
The body of work on view is an elegant display of light based works that involve geometric housings constructed of beech wood with glass facades that evenly distributes the light emitted from inside. The light that glows from these sculptural works shift between various options of monochromatic greatness adding an enveloping layer of light into the gallery space for visitors to experience, much like a James Turrell light sculpture or installation. In Turrell’s work you are within the work, within the light, bringing the viewer into the art, rather then in front of it. Bulloch’s work is very similar, but even though the works function as a light source, they operate as objects, sitting and suspended within the gallery.
One piece that caught my attention is a large wall piece that imitates the night sky. This piece was inspired from her earlier work which consisted of an installation at the Guggenheim Museum, New York for the exhibition “theanyspacewhatever” in 2008 where she covered the inside of the interior dome of the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda with the constellations of the stars from the sky. The panel that she is exhibiting at Simon Lee Gallery is computerized with various recorded maps of the nights sky, which are then displayed through lights embedded in the the panels surface, creating a marvelous display of twinkling stars that shift ever which way. It’s hypnotic in nature and allows for you mind to float within an imaginary space constructed by Bulloch.
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