Score for a Color Field

Floor van de Velde, Pattern is Movement, computer-augmented sculpture, 2013
Floor van de Velde

Curated by Elizabeth Woodward
November 7, 2013 - January 2, 2014

Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Thursday, November 7, 6 - 9 pm

Black Light Poster Coloring
Thursday, December 5, 6 - 9 pm

New Years Eve Party
Tuesday, December 31, 10 pm - 1 am

"A place is an area within an
environment that has been 
altered in such a way to make
the general environment 
more conspicuous."

Carl Andre

Press Release

Score for a Color Field is an exhibition of Floor van de Velde's work exploring light, space, sound and color.  This exhibition includes installations that confound the viewer's sense of perception and depth of field.  Van de Velde's use of light and sound, piercing color, and understated mechanics place her alongside contemporary artists like Chul Hyun Ahn, Yann Novak and Eric Michel.  Precursors for this movement, like Robert Irwin, James Turrell and Dan Flavin broadened the realm of art to include works with no clear 'object' except the viewers experience of the immersive installations in which they found themselves.  Van de Velde expands this experience of traditional projected image by taking advantage of recent advances in both hardware and software to combine light, non-pictorial visuals, color and abstract geometric forms into three-dimensional environments.

Baffling to the senses, Van de Velde’s Vibrant Divide is composed of seven hanging sheets of fluorescent acrylic lit only by black lights.  The lights emit long wave ultraviolet light, activating an intense glow in the acrylic.  The sheets reflect on to each other, making it impossible to tell the position of each surface within the piece itself.  The same feeling of disorientation is echoed in her other installation, Pattern is Movement.  Deceptively simple, Pattern projects a still image onto five white planks laying against a white wall.  Using only light, shadow and color, van de Velde creates a visual so intense, the brain doesn’t know what to make of it.  The pattern itself appears to move and the colors to run together.  While bewildering, van de Velde’s environments are effortlessly beautiful, as is the viewer’s experience within them.

Floor van de Velde is a Belgian born, South African cross-disciplinary artist and musician.  Her work has been performed and shown in San Francisco, New York, Boston and Cape Town.  Recent shows include Ellipsis: Alumni Work in 3D at MASSart and the Schnitzer Prize exhibition at MIT.  Floor holds a BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is currently a candidate in the Program in Art, Culture + Technology at MIT.

(Left)Vibrant Divide, 2013, digital acrylic fabrication, fluorescent acrylic & black lights, 92 x 40 x 48 inches
(Center) Dusk, Aligned, 2013, Kodak safety light, acetate film, fluorescent acrylic, black light, 12 x 14 x 6 inches
(Right) Sensing Transit, 2013, archival digital print in acrylic frame, fluorescent acrylic, digital print, neon gaffer tape & black light, 36 x 26 inches

Installation Views
Images courtesy of Elizabeth Woodward

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