Lighting Sculpture Installation

Katonah Museum

Onsite Katonah | Righter Gallery | Katonah, New York 2016

OnSite Katonah presents experimental, site-specific installations created in response to the Katonah Museum of Art’s distinctive landscape, architecture, and history. These artistic interventions into our site transform the Museum’s physical space—which so deeply impacts the KMA’s institutional identity— into a platform for creative experimentation.

Media: LEDs, diffusive reflective material, custom lighting sequence, electrical hardware. Dimensions: 34 ft x 34 ft x 11 ft 8 in
ARTIST STATEMENT (English / Espanol)

Grimanesa Amorós’ work is deeply informed both by technology and the natural world, with her light-based practice suggesting phenomena such as the aurora borealis, now transfigured into hi-tech installations.

For OnSite Katonah, Amorós presents bubble-like sculptures that appear to float in the darkened gallery. The artist cites as her inspiration the human-made Uros Islands, which float on the waters of Lake Titicaca in her native country of Peru. For centuries the indigenous Uros people have crafted these small islands out of totora reeds. The Uros continually add reeds to the top of the islands, and as the bottom layers of reeds decompose, oxygen bubbles take shape and keep the structures on top of the water’s surface. Amorós constructs her own islands from polycarbonate and LED lights that shift in color to create glowing, futuristic forms. The works suggest the material innovation of both the Uros people and modern invention, while marrying the organic and technological. The artist has carefully positioned the sculptures and calibrated the gallery’s lighting to transform the space into a moody, immersive environment.