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Light Perceptions, An Art Installation In a Transitory Space


Sat 14 Sep 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 15 Sep 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 16 Sep 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 17 Sep 2013, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 18 Sep 2013, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Light Perceptions, 2 Torrens Terrace, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: pauline_autet

'Light Perceptions:an art installation in a transitory place', is a site specific project that encourages an audience to experience their surroundings and rethink their perceptions of the everyday spaces they inhabit. The title hints at the act of looking and reinforces ideas of perception as a subjective experience. It also points to the possibilities of vacant urban spaces; unused or 'in transition'. 

Nothing in Light Perceptions is as straightforward as it might seem, and the works in show, challenge the audience to make their own interpretations. Artists Pauline Autet, Rebekah Rasmussen, Laila O’Brien and Tom Walker, in their final year of completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), have chosen to present outside of the conventional white wall gallery, instead opting for a vacant commercial space.
“The site’s prime location and transitional state provided an opportunity for us to consider how we could utilise its potential in an innovative and memorable way. We wanted to create an unexpected experience that would engage a diverse public" – said Autet.
Each artist has made work in response to the site.
“Upon seeing the site we were inspired by its promising features: sheer scale, unfinished concrete surfaces, floor to ceiling windows that opened up space in such a way it extended past the glass panes and onto the street.” – said Rasmussen.
While each artist has responded in their own unique way, they have worked collaboratively to produce a layered and overlapping experiential environment. Rasmussen has used principles derived from drawing to make installations that utilise the site’s inner and outer surroundings; while O’Brien has created large watercolour works on paper which are hung in such a way to divide the gallery space into sections, responding to scale of the site. Autet’s work is derived from photography, but expands perceptions of light into spatial experiences and interactive scenarios. Walker has an interdisciplinary practice and has constructed minimalist furniture, its functional intent lending itself to the overall participatory experience of the show.

Light Perceptions
2 Torrens Terrace (corner Webb Street, top of Cuba), Wellington
Opening: Wednesday, 11 September, 5.30-7.30pm
Viewing daily until Wednesday, 18 September.