Monday, October 25, 2010

Tadao Ando- light artist

 something we tend to overlook throughout our loves but some artist decide to use this light to create and highlight things around us. defines light as the state of being visible, exposed to view, or revealed to public notice or knowledge, this is evident in the art work of Tadao Ando.
Modern Art Museum
at Fort Worth, Texas

Church of the Light,
in Osaka, Japan

Tadao Ando is a architect and light artist who was born in Osaka Japan, in 1941.  At a young age he started to experiment with creating things out of wood and this helped to influence his artistic style. At age 28 Ando opened his own studio and has been a visiting professor at Tokyo University, Yale, Harvard, and Columbia.  When ask about his designing style Ando said "walls are the most basic elements of architecture, and in all my works, light is an important factor. the primary reason is to create a place for the individual,  a zone for oneself within society." At first looking at his architecture you notice the large walls materiality which sets a limit for the design. However, the walls seem soft to touch and admit light.  Lastly the buildings surround the visitor with light and nothing else creating a feeling of emptiness. Ando's work involves the visitor in a almost mueseam like display of light art.

Henry Urbach Architecture Gallery
New York, New York

Similar to Ando's style  which emerses the viewer in the art architect Lebbeus Woods and artist Kiki Smith created the above piece which shows a overhead illumation that cast a subtle dark blue object floting in the center of the room.

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