Light Installation Makes Home At Nevada Museum Of Art

Aug 4, 2016

The Nevada Museum of Art has commissioned a new piece of work—a light installation—that will be a part of its permanent contemporary art collection. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

British-born and New York-based artist Anthony McCall actually began his art journey in film, during the avant-garde movement of the 1970s.

He says he first became interested in light because of its fluidness.

“I was thinking about the possibility of making a film which only existed at the moment of projection, that in a way shared a present tense with the spectator,” he says. “Most films of course by definition, what you see has happened in the past, and it happened also somewhere other than [where] you’re sitting when you’re watching it.”

McCall’s new exhibition, called Swell, takes visitors through a dark room where two beams of light, one flat and one curved, move slowly and methodically to constantly create something new. He says the work is rooted in cinema and sculpture.

The Swell exhibition will be on display at the Nevada Museum of Art through January 8.

Visitors walk through different parts of the light at the new Swell exhibition.
Credit Chris Holloman

Credit Chris Holloman

Credit Chris Holloman

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