Chiaro Oscuro—Luftwerk’s second exhibition at Volume Gallery, Chicago—is an exploration of the varying modes and forms of gradient light. With roots dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, the word chiaroscuro literally means bright/dark and refers to the use of strong contrasts within art compositions. Situating this concept of contrast, difference and changeability as a point of departure, four light-based sculptural works illuminate the gallery, evoking an ephemeral sense of constant flux. By using the power of reflection and perception to imply and summon a point of disappearance—a threshold is invoked.
In two works called, Vanishing Horizontal and Vanishing Vertical, eight straight lines of white neon discretely tapers down in length towards nothingness—recessing to an imagined endpoint beyond, suggesting the spatial depth of an edge, a place beyond the horizon.