Brendan Harwood - Lightworks #18

Arts Access Victoria presents The Museum of Us

The development of this work parallels Brendan's own experiences living with a ‘non-visible' neurodivergent condition which is only ‘proven’ to others when in situations of strife.

A projector sends out a beam of red light in a dark room. Behind it, a red circle of light.

About the work

My Lightworks series is an ongoing body of practice research into the structures and forms of light, motivated to produce physical interventions in gallery spaces that are accessible and give time for meditative calm.

Lightworks #18 is a visual articulation of light as an intangible material, furthermore, proposing that light is not something we are able to see – only the objects that it illuminates make ‘the fact of light’ a thing.

The development of this work parallels my own experiences living with a ‘non-visible' neurodivergent condition which is only ‘proven’ to others when in situations of strife.

I have constructed this light sculpture with the facility of a laser module, mirrors, and a smoke machine – my work is literally smoke and mirrors.

The smoke fills the space and provides a volumetric density for the light to appear through, the laser module concentrates the fact of light into a single moment which appears to extrude from the apparatus and create form through the persistence of vision, while the mirrors reflect these volumes of light back onto itself forming a structure.

#18 calms me down, and I hope it brings calm to others too.

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