Drawings in Light

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artist: Jantje Visscher
June 15 - August 12, 2007
MAEP Galleries

Jantje Visscher,  Dancing Wall (detail), 2004
Jantje Visscher, Dancing Wall (detail), 2004

Jantje Visscher's Drawings in Light series, explores the world of nature through the lens of science and geometry. In these new works, lights shine on strips of clear, shiny plastic (she uses either acetate or “petg,” a kind of polyethylene, which is a common and hard-to-open packaging material). The plastic is bent or scored to make curved lenses, causing shimmering reflections of light and shadow to fill the gallery walls. Technically, these are known as cusp caustic lenses, the result of light reflecting off a curved surface that focuses the individual rays into bright lines or curves. The patterns create mysterious and complex visual harmonies reminiscent of nature’s undulating and repetitive forms.


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