Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Johannes Girardoni.

Lancaster, CA. December 26, 2013– In celebration of the New Year, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) presents Colorimetry, a vibrant series of six dazzling contemporary art exhibits featuring color and light. 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 artist, including Ruth Pastine, Gisela Colon, John Eden, Johannes Girardoni, Dion Johnson and Philip K. Smith, 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.

Renowned for her gift of creating the illusion of three-dimensional space on two-dimensional surfaces, Ruth Pastine headlines the season with major selections spanning 20 years of art-making. The show, Ruth Pastine: Attraction 1993-2013 explores selected works which demonstrate her vigorous commitment to combining contrasting fields of colors, such as cool blues with warm oranges to magnify the relationship between color combinations and human perception. Her work is best experienced in person due to the perceptual nature of her paintings, which reveal the optical and visceral resonance of the hand painted surfaces. Although the appearance of brushwork remains indiscernible, the eye detects the vitality of the hand informing the nuance and subtlety of shifting color and light, and engages the viewer in the present tense of discovery.

Similarly to Ruth Pastine’s color field paintings, but using LED lights contained in linear sculptures rather than oil on canvas, Johannes Girardoni expands the second floor East Gallery with his blue/green light experiment called “Chromosonic–field”, which includes a device known as a Spectro-sonic Refrequencer which converts light into sound. Both artists are internationally renowned for their vigorous experiments with light and color and are not to be missed!

Radiance and luminescence is captured in new work by Los Angeles-based sculptor Gisela Colon. Celebrated for her blow-molded acrylic wall pieces using iridescent pigments, Colon’s new work appears as if it is glowing from within. This effect is pure illusion, created by light refracting against various pigments imbedded within convex shaped pods. They conjure an enormous sense of depth within a shallow object.

The exploration of two-dimensional and three-dimensional space is equally visceral in Philip K. Smith’s critically acclaimed Land art piece called Lucid Stead, which will be partially re-established in the museum context. Originally presented as a site-specific work of art that transformed a historic homesteading shack into a light filled sculpture in the expansive desert near Joshua Tree, Mr. Smith will install the LED panels that illuminated the homestead inside the Vault Gallery. The subtle yet saturated planes of color shift over time, allowing the viewer to bathe in multiple hues of light.

In another time-based experiential installation, Dion Johnson will activate the Education Gallery with an animated video projection of slowly evolving abstract fields of color, stripes and architectural forms. Mr. Johnson imagines the projection as a moving painting.

Finally, Sculptor John Eden presents multi colored disks that are interpretations of the symbols and colors used to identify fighter planes’ countries of origin during combat. Inspired by the colored circles on the nose, tail and wings of combat jets, Mr. Eden further abstracts the symbols into pure shape and form.

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