Image by Diane Landry, \"Mandalas in Series Blue Decline\" 2002, bottles of water, laundry basket, motors, aluminum, wood, halogen lamp, Installation view. Courtesy of Diane Landry
Image by Diane Landry, “Mandalas in Series Blue Decline” 2002, bottles of water, laundry basket, motors, aluminum, wood, halogen lamp. Courtesy of Diane Landry

Ah, serendipity!

In August, artist Carrie Ann Baade sent me a link to the Ise Cultural Foundation’s website telling me I should check out their program and perhaps get involved. I was very impressed with the foundation’s program, but the cherry on top was that three friends of mine, artists who I know from the School of Visual Art’s sculpture program, Yuko Suzuki, Daniel Wapner and Erik Guzman, were involved in an exhibit at the space that was quickly approaching. Of course, I had to go! I went not just to reminisce, but more because I know their artwork never disappoints.

The exhibit, Light in Motion, which opened on September 18th, brings together three artists whose kinetic sculptures tap the sensual drama that light and motion can have on the psyche. Curator Yuko Suzuki, a talented artist in her own right, did well in choosing sculptures that tackle the exhibit’s subject in wonderfully different ways.

Diane Landry’s sculptures disguise banal objects such as laundry baskets and empty soda bottles with slow-moving, small lights. Shadows and color-shapes projected on the wall from the objects bloom and die as the lights change direction. Landry’s meditative works contrast wildly with Erik Guzman’s more masculine machines. Guzman’s works are fiery and reactive, unnerving and beautiful, rotating aggressively as they are triggered to life by motion sensors. Daniel Wapner’s mechanical sculpture’s musical strings conduct electricity as they are plucked, lighting up soft, star-like LED lights and emitting an eerie motif. His works are fascinating and hard to walk away from.

I’ve been to the show twice now and have walked away both times happily with spots in my eyes. Can I say I’m proud? Just a little. But I think I can clearly state without bias that this show is not to be missed.

Light in Motion will be on view until October 30th. The Ise Cultural Foundation is located at 555 Broadway, just south of Prince Street.

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