The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) presents a group exhibition titled COLORIMETRY, January 18, 2014 – March 16, 2014, a vibrant series of six dazzling contemporary art exhibits featuring color and light: two of which include Quint Contemporary Art represented artists, Gisela Colón and Johannes Girardoni. The term “colorimetry” refers to the branch of color science and technology used to measure, quantify and describe the human perception of color. But just as geology is more than the science and study of rocks, colorimetry is more than just the science of color. There is a uniquely human element to colorimetry, as the science of how only we, as humans, perceive color. Author and design expert Peter Vukovic of 99 Designs notes, “Color is created when our brain tries to make sense from light signals it receives from the outer world. In other words, it’s all in your head. Without that, our world is a monochromatic place bathing in electromagnetic radiation of varied intensity and wavelengths. Nothing fun about that, unless you’re into physics.” MOAH’s COLORIMETRY artists, including Ruth Pastine, Gisela Colón, John Eden, Johannes Girardoni, Dion Johnson, Karl Benjamin and Phillip K. Smith III, explore the sensory power of color and light perception in their purest forms, using uniquely diverse materials and methods to trigger this unique human capability.
Los Angeles-based sculptor Gisela Colón investigates the properties of light in solid form and luminescent color through the use of industrial plastic materials. The Glo-Pods body of work—meticulously created through a proprietary fabrication process of blow-molding and layering acrylic—mark Colón as part of the next generation of southern California artists using light as exploratory media. The light appearing to emanate from her sculptures is an illusion based on color and form. Colón’s use of amorphous, organic, asymmetrical lines and light-reflecting and radiating media make her objects appear to pulsate with light and energy. Situated in the Jewel Box Gallery overlooking Lancaster BLVD, her work absorbs the natural ambient light and appears to change over time as daylight fades into night.
Located in the East Gallery, Johannes Girardoni‘s “Chromasonic Field Blue/Green,” 2013 is on display. In “Chromasonic Field Blue/Green,” he investigates perceptual events by transposing electromagnetic waves of light onto the mechanical waves of sound through Spectro-Sonic Refrequencers, in effect making light audible. The installation immerses viewers in a luminous environment that integrates natural phenomena and digital information. Girardoni is best known for his investigations at the intersection of sculpture and painting, through which he explores the continuously shifting relationships between reality, image, technology and perception.