After A White Room Without Yellow (LMNO Gallery, 2018), Yellow-free zone (Rotterdam, 2018) and Zone sans jaune (ARCO Madrid, 2019), Yellow zone / yellow-free zone, is the latest of a series of installations that explore the characteristics of a special artificial white light that modifies the perception of colours.
YZ / YFZ, a light experiment presented in the project space of The White House Gallery, produced in collaboration with LMNO Gallery, is made of two sources of artificial white light and of some coloured inflatable balloons that can be moved by the visitors.
On one side of the room – the “yellow zone” – the white light is produced by a mixture of red, green and blue lights. On the other side – the “yellow-free zone” – the light appears identically white but contains no green and no blue lights, but only red and cyan. Surprisingly, in this zone the yellow objects appear of another colour. A primary yellow becomes bright red-orange, lemon-yellow objects turn pink or beige, yellowish-greens become brown, orange objects are almost purely red.
For human beings having a so-called “normal” colour vision – i.e. about 95% of the entire human population –, when I say “white” for a light, I say that when the light illuminates a white wall, the white wall appears white. YZ / YFZ invites the visitors to experience the almost magical effect of a special white light that counter-intuitively transforms the colours of everyday objects, including on the visitor’s bodies: the colours of their eyes, of their skin and of their clothes.
Adrien Lucca (born 1983 in Paris, FR – lives and works in Brussels, BE) is a professor at the National school for visual arts La Cambre in Brussels. For about 10 years he’s developing an artistic practice around the topics of natural and artificial lights, colours and perceptions, a transdisciplinary practice where the artistic experimentation and the scientific method are intertwined. In 2015 he founded the Studio Adrien Lucca, a company that produces monumental artworks in the public space using various media: Soleil de minuit (permanent stained-glass installation, Montreal, 2017), Microkosmos (permanent wall painting and artificial light installation, Brussels, 2018), Dentelles de lumière – allégorie de la recherche (permanent glass painting installation, Rome, 2018), Yellow-free zone (artificial light installation, Rotterdam, 2018).
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"Yellow-free zone / yellow zone" (2019) Identical light colour but not the same colour. #Reddish #yellow to #redorange #Paleyellow to #pink #Primary yellow to #neon #orange Prototype for a future exhibition in #thewhitehousegallery in partnership with #LMNO #yellowfreezone #yellowzone
Some pictures of the nearly finished installation of Yellow-free zone at the Maashaven metro station in Rotterdam on Dec. 12, 2018.
The installation should be completed by today or tomorrow, and last a minimum on 3 years, but probably 5 years or more, depending on the lamps wear resistance.
This is the address:
What is colour? Is it a visual property of objects? A physical product of light? Or a sensation that only exists in our brains? Using cutting-edge technology Lucca created a white light that modifies the colour of yellow objects. Counter-intuitive and radically experimental, part of a larger research about light and colour that defines the artist’s practice, Yellow-free zone turns us temporarily yellow-blind, as if a digital colour filter was applied in real-life.
Yellow-free zone (2018) is a 5-years long light installation for a corridor of the Maashaven metro station in Rotterdam, where a special cold-white light transforms the colours of yellow objects, giving a very counter-intuitive colour-blinding effect. The installation will be unveiled on December 17, 2018.
More information soon!
Views of the stained glass series from the Egyptian Academy
“Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” est la dernière commande publique d’Adrien Lucca. Il s’agit d’une intervention in situ permanente, géométrique et non-figurative déployée sur 5 grandes fenêtres situées à l’extérieur de la bibliothèque de l’Academia Belgica, en face du mur ouest de l’Academie d’Egypte à Rome.
“Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” est le résultat de recherches sur la lumière naturelle, le verre et les mathématiques mené pendant 5 mois de résidence à L’Academia Belgica.
Il Direttore dell’Academia Belgica, Wouter Bracke, insieme a Patricia Emsens, mecenate, hanno il piacere di invitare la S.V. all’inaugurazione dell’installazione permanente d’arte contemporanea
“Dentelles de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” è l’ultima opera pubblica commissionata di Adrien Lucca. Si tratta di un’installazione in situ permanente, geometrica e non figurativa, dispiegata su cinque grandi finestre situate all’esterno della biblioteca dell’Academia Belgica, di fronte alla parete ovest dell’Accademia d’Egitto a Roma.
“Dentelles de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” è il risultato di una ricerca sulla luce naturale, il vetro e la matematica condotta durante cinque mesi di residenza presso l’Academia Belgica.
Per consentire una miglior comprensione del lungo processo creativo, questa inaugurazione sarà preceduta da una presentazione dall’artista stesso.
L’inaugurazione dell’installazione conclude il mandato del Prof. Bracke come direttore dell’Academia Belgica.
Wouter Bracke, Director of the Academia Belgica in Rome, together with Madame Patricia Emsens, patron, have the pleasure of inviting you to the inauguration of the work
“Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” is the latest public commission by Adrien Lucca. It stands for a permanent site-specific intervention, geometric and non-figurative deployed on 5 big windows located outside the library of Academia Belgica, against the wall of the Accademia d’Egitto a Roma.
First of a series of posts about art & science relationships.
Recently I have been studying a bit more than before the work and the writings of Olafur Eliasson. I just discovered this fantastic short documentary film about his collaboration with the icelandic architect Einar Thorsteinn:
The Model Room, 2009
Two portraits of Einar Thorsteinn
Thorstein declares “I have never had such a close relationship with anybody I met before that with Olafur Eliasson”, then explains about what they did together in collaboration. Eliasson then defines himself as “not really good at anything but i’m ok in everything” before explaining a bit about the organization of his studio. Beautiful.
I cannot resist to also quote some of the things that Eliasson wrote in Some Ideas About Color (2006), that are making a lot of sense to me:
“the idea that things are not as they appear to be is a very healthy argument.”
“What I look at is […] not only the experienceing of the artwork itself, or the artwork and institution as one, but also – and even more importantly – the ways in which the visitors may experience themselves experiencing the artwork. The audience should, in other words, be encouraged to see themselves both from a third-person perspective, that is, from the outside, and from a first-person perspective.”
“[…] in preserving the freedom of each visitor to experience something that may differ from the experiences of others, art can continue to have a significant impact on both the individual and society as a whole.”
Inauguration on September 20, 2018 at the Academia Belgica
Academia Belgica, Via Omero 8, 00197, Roma, Italy
(photo) Edouard Pagant working on the last “Dentelle”.
After 25 days of work, I am happy to announce that a permanent stained glass work called “Dentelles de lumière”, made in-situ on 5 large glass sheets in the building of Academia Belgica in Rome, has been completed with success.
This work on glass is the result of a research involving a study of natural light, glass chemistry, drawing and quasi-periodic geometry. Dentelles… plays with the parameters of the natural light environment during the day (diffuse and direct sunlight, color of the environment, etc.) As the conservator-scientist Stefan Michalski described what it does: “Scattering of light by white pigmented translucent films lit variably and dynamically from each side + relative contrast effects”.
The inauguration will happen during the afternoon at Academia Belgica, via Omero 8, Rome, Italy on September 20, 2018.
More info + documents soon.
The major steps of the work in video:
videos by Marjolijn Debulpaep
Doing my summer homework in Rome ;)
A monumental stained glass piece in Rome’s Belgian Academy just started to appear. The piece appears completely different during the different phases of daylight around the building.
Somebody brought a yellow jacket…