Gravitational Collapse is a sculptural light installation by James Clar created with LED Lights, Filters, and 3D Printed Material. Clar created a dodecahedron shape using a 3D modeling program. Its spherical shell acts as the ‘sun’ with the curves made from yellow and orange LED lights. Half of this sphere was distorted, its lines pushed and pulled within the program, and filtered with a blue gradient film to emphasize its movement and energy. The effect is a spherical star floating in space while undergoing gravitational collapse; in the midst of changing states into a neutron star or a black hole.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
James Clar’s interest is in new technology and production processes. He studied Film and 3D Animation New York University and received his Masters at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program where he moved away from screen-based work and started working directly with light to create sculptural artworks. By developing unique light systems he could circumvent the limitations of screen-based work, namely resolution and two-dimensionality. Clar was an artist in residence at Mana Contemporary (New Jersey), Eyebeam Atelier (DUMBO), Fabrica (Italy), and the FedEx Institute of Technology/Lantana Projects (Memphis). His artwork has been included in the Chanel Mobile Art exhibition (Tokyo), The New Museum of Contemporary Arts (New York), The Chelsea Art Museum (New York), The Somerset House (UK), Museum on Seam (Jerusalem), The Glucksman (Ireland), Louis Vuitton Gallery (Hong Kong), Powerlong Museum (Shanghai) among other exhibitions local and international.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Kendal Henry is an artist and curator who lives in New York City and has specialized in the field of public art for almost 30 years. He illustrates that public art can be used as a tool for social engagement, civic pride and economic development through the projects and exhibitions he’s initiated in the US, Europe, Russia, Asia, Central Asia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and the Caribbean. Kendal believes that the most successful public artworks start with the question, “What is the artwork to achieve?” and takes into account the audience and surrounding environment in the creation of that artwork.
He’s currently the Director of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. He’s a guest lecturer at various universities and educational institutions including the Abbey Mural Workshop at the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts; Rhode Island School of Design Senior Studio; and Pratt Institute’s Arts and Cultural Management Program.