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Intersections: An Ornately Carved Wood Cube Projects Shadows onto Gallery Walls 

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Intersections, 2013. 6.5′ Cube, projected Shadows: 35′ x 32′.

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Intersections, 2013. 6.5′ Cube, projected Shadows: 35′ x 32′.

Created by mixed media artist Anila Quayyum Agha, this elaborately carved cube with an embedded light source projects a dazzling pattern of shadows onto the surrounding gallery walls. Titled Intersections, the installation is made from large panels of laser-cut wood meant to emulate the geometrical patters found in Islamic sacred spaces. Agha shares:

The Intersections project takes the seminal experience of exclusion as a woman from a space of community and creativity such as a Mosque and translates the complex expressions of both wonder and exclusion that have been my experience while growing up in Pakistan. The wooden frieze emulates a pattern from the Alhambra, which was poised at the intersection of history, culture and art and was a place where Islamic and Western discourses, met and co-existed in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference. I have given substance to this mutualism with the installation project exploring the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic. This installation project relies on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, the interpretation of the cast shadows and the viewer’s presence with in a public space.

Intersections is currently a finalist in the 3rd Annual See.Me: Year in Review Competition, and you can learn more about it here. (via Twisted Sifter, Hi-Fructose)

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Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long-Exposure Photographs 

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Fruit Battery Solar System, 2014

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Battery with Hanging Apples, 2013

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Limes and Lemons, 2013

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Electricity From a Ring of Apples, 2013

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Vinegar Batteries with Glassware and Shelf, 2013

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Grapefruit and Pomelo Battery, 2013

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Apple Lamp, 2014

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Apple Tree with Chandelier, Nettie Fox Farm, Newburgh, Maine 2013

Artist Caleb Charland (previously here and here) just unveiled several new images from his Back to Light series, where the artist uses nails inside fruit connected with copper wire to create functional batteries. Harnessed to a small lightbulb, the current is sufficient enough to provide illumination for long exposure photographs. Effectively, the organic batteries create enough voltage to light their own portrait. Charland says about Back to Light:

My current body of work, Back to Light, expands upon a classic grade school science project, the potato battery. By inserting a galvanized nail into one side of a potato and a copper wire in the other side a small electrical current is generated. The utter simplicity of this electrical phenomenon is endlessly fascinating for me. Many people have had the experience of drawing power from fruit in the classroom, and it never ceases to bring a smile to the face or a thought to the mind. This work speaks to a common curiosity we all have for how the world works as well as a global concern for the future of earth’s energy sources. […] My hope is that these photographs function as micro utopias by suggesting and illustrating the endless possibilities of alternative and sustainable energy production. The cycle that begins with the light of our closest star implanting organic materials with nutrients and energy, is re-routed in these images, Back to Light, illuminating earth once again.

Charland is currently focusing on his work full-time from a studio in Bangor, Maine, where he created another body of work titled Artifacts of Fire and Wax.

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A Maldives Beach Awash in Bioluminescent Phytoplankton Looks Like an Ocean of Stars 

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While vacationing on the Maldives Islands, Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton. These tiny organisms glow similarly to fireflies and tend to emit light when stressed, such as when waves crash or when they are otherwise agitated. While the phenomenon and its chemical mechanisms have been known for some time, biologists have only recently began to understand the reasons behind it. You can see a few more of Ho’s photographs over on Flickr.

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A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja 

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Created in 2006 by multidisciplinary artist Kimsooja, To Breathe – A Mirror Woman was an elaborate installation at the Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, in Madrid. Originally built in the late 1880s to house a collection of flora and fauna from the Philippines, Kimsooja transformed the Palacio de Cristal into a multisensory sound and light experience. A special translucent diffraction film was used to cover the windows to create an array of naturally occurring rainbows which were in turn reflected by a mirrored surface that covered the entire floor. Additionally, an audio recording of the artist breathing was played throughout the space to further enhance the experience. The installation was on view through the end of the summer and you can read much more about it here.

Kimsooja most recently wrapped the Korean Pavilion with a similar film treatment at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale. (via My Amp Goes to 11)

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Ephemeral Rays: Hundreds of Suspended Light Bulbs in a UK Dockyard 

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Installed earlier this summer at the Chatham Historic Dockyard, Ephemeral Rays is a new work by artist Charlotte Smith. The piece consists of several hundred lights on filaments that fill a large window of a galvanizing shop. Of the work she shares:

Originally installed at Chatham Historic Dockyard, Ephemeral Rays depicted the volume of a fleeting ray of light beaming through a window of the Galvanising Shop. Reinstalled at Turner Contemporary the work evolved into a new form; drawing on the stunning expanse of sea and sky, the infinite horizon line was the focal point of the composition.

You can see much more over on her website. (via My Modern Met, Lustik)

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Fluorescent Light Installations by Yochai Matos 

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Flame (Gate), 2009

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Flame (Gate), 2009

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Flame (Gate), 2009

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Aurora, 2012

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Aurora, 2012

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Sunset, 2008

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The Striped Unicorn, 2010

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The Striped Unicorn, 2010

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You Are a Saint, 2011

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You Are a Saint, 2011

Multidisciplinary artist Yochai Matos lives and works in Tel Aviv where he creates a wide variety of indoor and outdoor artworks that span the gamut from street art to collage, photography, painting, and especially his brilliant fluorescent light bulb installations seen here. A graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, the artist has also worked on large-scale public interventions like his You’ve Got Mail project where 24,000 stickers were placed on mailboxes around Tel Aviv, or his ongoing People With Wings which can be seen in Port Jaffa. You can see much more over on his website.

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