Best of 2011 – Art

Given that one of the most important reasons for using full-spectrum light is to get accurate colour perception and to see more clearly – it’s no surprise to us that there are a number of artists working with full-spectrum light.

 

We featured Finnish artist Jan-Erik Andersson in articles twice this past year. Take a moment to check out his work – it is incredibly striking.

 

Art, light and sound

 

The most artistic house in the world!

 

There were two other full-spectrum installations that caught our eye in 2011, so we featured them in our roundups

 

Parasolstice at Parasol Unit – James Yamada
Just off City Road, in the backyard of Parasol Unit’s vibrant contemporary art space, one can take refuge under a roof of ‘full spectrum light’, unashamedly surrendering to light rays of a therapeutic rather than UV breed. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recognised exposure to such wavelengths as a highly beneficial treatment for SAD. So I put it to the test.

 

Walk In Light Sculpture to combat winter blues from James Yamada
American artist James Yamada will create a dramatic installation entitled The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees, the first artwork in Parasolstice – Winter Light; a series of outdoor projects at Parasol Unit. During the darkest months of the year, visitors will be encouraged to enjoy the health benefits of exposure to bright light by sitting inside the sculpture.

 

Suntrailer
The Suntrailer is a bike-assisted trailer that invites passersby to catch some rays, via full-spectrum light, on cloudy days

 

And even those who aren’t actively incorporating it into their work, talk about it’s value in creating their art.

 

Learning To Draw
Make sure you have excellent lighting. If you can’t see you can’t draw. If you do not have a well lit room with natural sunlight to work in, then check your local art supply store or search online for full spectrum lighting products that mimic natural sunlight.

 

Architectural Color Specialist’s Blog
What is needed to perceive color, which is part of the visual-at least to us-spectrum? Light, an object that reflects it, and an instrument for perceiving it (in our case our eyes and brain). Above all, we need light. Light not only effects our perception of color.

 

Setting up a Still Life
Lighting is also important. If you want dramatic lighting, you can choose to set up near a window for natural light, or create your own dramatic lighting with the use of lamps and spotlights. Spotlights are especially good for glass or shiny objects as they will “twinkle” in bright light. Spotlights can also cast unwanted shadows, so be careful about placement. You will want to use full spectrum or “daylight” lamps for that purpose

 

studio constuction-the beginning
There is a great view of the sun setting over the lake but it also allows a lot of sun glare so now I’m figuring out the best artificial lighting. I think I’m going with flourescent lights with full spectrum light bulbs or possibly a combination of regular fluorescents along with day light bulbs.

 

Home Art Studios, How to Create an Artist, Friendly Work Space
Ideally you can have ample natural light in your home with northern exposure lighting. In case you do not have enough light available, you will have to buy full spectrum lighting in order to have ample light in your workspace. ..

 

 

Related posts:

  1. Full-Spectrum Light (issue 49)
  2. Full-Spectrum Light (issue 51)
  3. Best of 2011 – Sleep

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