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Jun
12

Exhibition: ‘Light in Space’ by Veronica Caven Aldous at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 13th June – 30th June 2012

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Apologies for the late posting but I only saw this exhibition recently. I met the artist, the delightful Veronica Caven Aldous and her work is stunning.

The works are emotive; like Brancusi’s Bird in Space they soar. Here is not the reductive coldness of a Dan Flavin but a truly hypnotic, meditative experience. The light is like visible music. I said to Veronica in my mind I have associations to the work of Josef Albers and his experiments with colour in the Homage to the Square series. But these works are uniquely her own, with their links to mysticism, India and the East.

The first series, Light in space 1, is truly beautiful as you sit watching in the darkened gallery. Still images can’t really do these vivid, liquid, mesmerising colour field sculptures justice, so I made a little

Flash movie of Light in space 1

to give you an idea of the moving work. The second series, Light in space 2, is also intensely beautiful in a different way, the computerised light boxes contained within aluminium cases. Depending at which angle you look the depth of field of the illusion changes leading to spaces of infinite r/egress (in computer networking, egress filtering is the monitoring and/or restricting the flow of outbound information). The light is both contained and extrapolated within the grids leading to an almost Escher-like enigma of light and energy.

These are splendid works. Whenever I want to have one on my wall at home I know I have struck gold. Go see them while you still can in the last two days of the exhibition. Magic.

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Many thankx to Veronica Caven Aldous and Stephen McLaughlan Gallery for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. The exhibition is still on Friday 29th June 1 – 5 pm and Saturday 30th June 11 am – 5 pm or by appointment 0407 317 323.

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Veronica Caven Aldous
Light in space 1
2010 – 11
A Blue field, 2010, Computerised LED light boxes and Perspex, 22 x 30 x 3 cm
B Magenta field, 2011, Computerised LED light boxes and Perspex, 43 x 59 x 3 cm
C Yellow field, 2011, Computerised LED light boxes and Perspex, 43 x 30 x 3 cm
D Green field, 2011, Computerised LED light boxes and Perspex, 22 x 59 x 3 cm
E Orange field, 2010, Computerised LED light boxes and Perspex, 22 x 30 x 3 cm
F Purple field, Computerised LED light boxes and Perspex, 22 x 30 x 3 cm

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Light from these computerised LED light boxes on the wall and floor act as intervention in space. It is not so much about the colour but the changing light in space that sets up a sense of flux. It is about change and that we see nothing without light. “The wonder of light: the universe consists mainly of invisible matter… only four to five percent of the universe is visible. 23 percent is dark matter, and 73 percent is dark energy.”

Artist statement

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Veronica Caven Aldous
Light in space 2
2011
A 2 x 2, 2011, Computerised LED light boxes in metal frame, 52 x 52 x 10 cm
B 3 x 3, 2011, Computerised LED light boxes in metal frame, 75 x 75 x 10 cm
C 3 x 3, 2011, Computerised LED light boxes in metal frame, 75 x 75 x 10 cm

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Stephen McLaughlan Gallery
Level 8 Room 16 Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street Melbourne 3000
On the corner of Flinders Lane
T: 0407 317 323

Opening hours:
Wednesday to Friday 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday 11 am – 5 pm
and by appointment

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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