a. The act of illuminating.
b. The state of being illuminated
"The future of art is light" Henri Matisse
Coldharbour London’s inaugural show ILLUMINATION will be opening on June 16th 2011, and promises to
be a visual extravaganza executed in light. Curated by Aretha Campbell ILLUMINATION brings together the
work of both emerging and established contemporary artists - Adam Barker Mill, Lawrence Lek, Luke
Montgomery, Molly Smyth and Kirstie Macleod.
Since the beginning of the last century, artificial light has increasingly illuminated even more streets, shop
windows, billboard signs and houses in an unprecedented abundance and form. We reside in cities and gardens
of light. Observed from airplanes and satellites, the night-time Earth glows like a cluster of stars. Light works
become artificial stars that change the visible world.
The pulsing visual vortex which is Adam Barker Mill’s, Disco Volante, morphs from neon pink to acid green
and fizzing orange, through every in-between shade and ice-cream pastel conceivable. As in the confinement
chamber, the notion of real space soon becomes redundant, as the light surrounds you and enters your very
being. There’s no certain here or now…you emerge from your bubble dazed and blurry-eyed - into a brave
This large installation contrasts beautifully to Kirsty Macleod’s delicate light boxes which encompass and
substantiate the shimmering spectrum of artificial light. In contrast Lawrence Lek’s intricately carved Wings
which loom out of the darkness manipulating shadows and simultaneously our senses.