Light Show – featuring Iván Navarro and 21 other artists including Dan Flavin, Jenny Holzer, Olafur Eliasson, Leo Villareal, among others – explores the experiential and phenomenal aspects of light by bringing together sculptures and installations that use light to sculpt and shape space in different ways. The exhibition showcases artworks created from the 1960s to the present day, including immersive environments, free-standing light sculptures and projections.
From atmospheric installations to intangible sculptures that you can move around and even through, visitors can experience light in all of its spatial and sensory forms. Individual artworks explore different aspects of light such as colour, duration, intensity and projection, as well as perceptual phenomena. They also use light to address architecture, science and film, and do so using a variety of lighting technologies.
Light has the power to affect our state of mind as well as alter how we perceive the world around us, and Light Show includes some of the most visually stimulating artworks created in recent years. It also includes rare works not seen for decades and re-created specially for the Hayward Gallery.
Installation view, Iván Navarro, The Hayward Fence, 2013, Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London,
30 January – 28 April 2013, ©Iván Navarro, photo: ©Marcus Leith
Iván Navarro presents three artworks in Light Show – Burden (Lotte World Tower), The Hayward Fence, and Reality Show (Silver). These works control not only light, but the viewer’s perceptions. Inside Reality Show, a phonebox-like cubicle which mirrors itself to infinity, the visitor seems to disappear, though they can be seen by other viewers outside the box. The illusion depends on light and one-way mirrors. These also feature in Burden, a flat neon wall sculpture which gives viewers the illusion of looking into the hollow interior of a vertiginously tall skyscraper. Burden was previously exhibited in the artist’s 2011 solo exhibition, Heaven or Las Vegas, at Paul Kasmin Gallery. Navarro presents a site-specific work The Hayward Fence, adapted from Armory Fence, previously exhibited at Paul Kasmin Gallery’s 2011 Armory Show booth.
Light Show features works by 22 artists including David Batchelor, Jim Campbell, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Bill Culbert, Olafur Eliasson, Fischli and Weiss, Dan Flavin, Ceal Floyer, Nancy Holt, Jenny Holzer, Ann Veronica Janssens, Brigitte Kowanz, Anthony McCall, François Morellet, Iván Navarro, Philippe Parreno, Katie Paterson, Conrad Shawcross, James Turrell, Leo Villareal, Doug Wheeler and Cerith Wyn Evans. The exhibition is curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Hayward Gallery Curator.
To mark the opening of Light Show at Hayward Gallery, artists featured in the exhibition including Iván Navarro, David Batchelor, Nancy Holt, Conrad Shawcross, Anthony McCall and Leo Villareal discuss how light inspires their art on 30 January at 7PM in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall. For more information visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk