Light as a medium is very much alive. By taking light and shining it on different materials, it makes those materials take shape. In my art, I shine lignt from light emitting diodes (LED's) in different directions on different materials. The light is reflected off in different patterns as the viewer looks at the object from different angles.
As a light artist, I feel that it is my obligation to allow only the light's interaction with the medium of the piece of art to show and not to let the source of light itself to show. Whether it be glass that is engraved; artfully ground stainless steel; or natural quartz crystals; I want to have the light appear to come from deep within the media and not from the LED itself.
For those of you who live in the Portland, Oregon area; I do wear these out and about. The places that I commonly wear these pieces are at OMSI After Dark; Portland Gay Mens Chorus Concerts; events with the Radical Faeries; some events at the Q Center; as well as riding my art bike in the evening after dark.
Gifts and things that are of interest for my family are
For those of you who have asked me on many occiasions as to when
I will start using animation or dynamic changing of colors, or why
I am not doing it now despite the availablity of the technology,
I have provided what I hope is adaquate explanation
here in this page
By requst of many people who I know, I have begun a new era of lighted clothing with integrated steel and glass jewelry. This is my first garment with jewelry.
This is a Christmas gift for a family member who loved to travel the open road. It's constructed entirely of scrap metal and glass that I get at yard sales and off the street.
This steel sculpture necklace was made on commission for a PBS tv station auction. The colors on the corners of the pentacle symbolize (starting from the left) yellor for air, violet for spirit, blue for water, red for fire, and green for earth. This symbol is used in rituals by ancient (pre-Christian) religions.
This steel and glass sculpture was one of my first utilizing multiple layers of engraved glass.
All of the steel pieces are thrift store silverware that has been cut up and welding together to form the presium arch and sconces.
This piece was constructed using less than $2.00 in raw materials, some of which were found on the shoulder of Oregon Highway 26 in Beaverton while I was riding my bicycle 20 miles to and from work.
We were stopped by a group of bullies from my school.
They told us that we were too poor to go inside this special place. We could only look at it from the outside.
I awoke from this dream crying.
Now, although those bullies never let me and my family inside; I wear this magical place with joy and pride at many events here in Portland. It is one of the lightest of all of my Light art jewelry and is easy to wear while riding my bicycle.
I wore this piece at the Basic Rights Oregon fund raiser gala. It was a hit.
I wanted to turn it on and look at the crystals.
My mother told me that it did not work.
For many years, when we visited grampa, I was sit there and look at that lamp, dreaming of magical light coming from those crystals.
This light art outfit is the result of my desire to make that dream a reality. The lights on my shirt are real leaded glass crystals that came off of lamps just like the one that grampa had during my childhood.
Wearable light art combines my fascination with light and my desire to shine at the world no matter the occasion.
I have worn this ensamble on a wide range of occasions including bicycle rides here in Portland, Oregon to formal $200.00 a plate fund raising parties.
This outfit has introduced many people to the ideas of light art and artistic clothing.
The blue, green, and black wook coat you see was done ad hoc using only a very rough pattern of a double brested trench coat.