More and more, I find the day’s news drives me to seek some refuge. In my art I turn away from harsh and confusing events of the world, toward beauty and understanding. Ever since studying art in the 1960’s, I have made art that rebels against the ugly and the profane. Back then, aesthetically pleasing and realistic art was not in fashion. Artists were encouraged to create abstract expressionist or political art, and the more cacophonous and harsh the result, the more highly valued it seemed to be.
But I never felt fulfilled by adding to the din of discontent in the world. I have always been drawn to beauty in the natural world and to the beauty in our scientific understanding of it. That love for discovering the mysteries of the universe drew me to experiment with materials and techniques in my art that no one else had fully explored. This dichotomy of interests made me realize that using modern technology to nourish the fundamental human need for comfort and joy is, in fact, a kind of parable that can teach us that technology should be used for the good of the earth and all those that live on it.
Without a doubt, the biggest mystery to me is the fundamental nature of light. That is why I was so pleased to be invited by the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas to show my work in conjunction with a major touring interactive exhibit titled “Playing with Light.” I will be showing some of my earliest art works from when I first started experimenting with polarized light, as well as some of my most recent works. Some of my polarized light art pieces are interactive, literally allowing visitors to “play” with light.
Some will continually change on their own. One special piece entitled “Into the Garden” will look completely blank with a kind of window suspended in front of it. Looking through that window will not only magically reveal the colorful imagery in the art, it will cause it to change without any moving parts.
My hope is that when you leave you will share the awe I have for the mysteries of light and the hopefulness I have for humankind.
The show will be open to the public July 15 through September 17 in the Big Springs Gallery at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107.