Currently reading : Alan Vega, Infinite Mercy (Retrospective at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, curated by Mathieu Copeland)

Alan Vega, Infinite Mercy (Retrospective at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, curated by Mathieu Copeland)

22 June 2009

Author : jeanne-salome-rochat

ALAN VEGA, KNOWN TO BE ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF MINIMALIST ELECTRONIC ROCK AS THE CO -FOUNDER WITH MARTIN REV OF THE MYTHICAL BAND “SUICIDE”, IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A VISUAL ARTIST ACTIVE ON THE NEW YORK SCENE SINCE THE END OF THE 1960S.

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/ THE FIRST TIME I DID A LIGHT PIECE WAS WHEN I WAS WORKING ON A VERY BIG PURPLE PAINTING. THERE WAS ONE LIGHT BULB IN THE ROOM, AND AS I WALKED AROUND I NOTICED HOW THE PAINTING ACQUIRED DIFFERENT ASPECTS. I WANTED IT TO BE ONE COLOUR, SO […] I TOOK THE LIGHT OUT OF THE CEILING AND REALLY STUCK IT ON THE PAINTING. THAT STARTED ME WITH THE WHOLE IDEA OF LIGHT BECAUSE I WANTED TO CONTROL THE COLOUR, BUT THEN I SUDDENLY BEGAN TO REALIZE JUST HOW MUCH LIGHT AFFECTS A PAINTING ”” ALL PAINTING IS ABOUT LIGHT. […] AS I STARTED WORKING WITH LIGHT, I STARTED GETTING MORE AND MORE INTO DIFFERENT COLOURS OF LIGHT INSTEAD OF USING PAINT. I STARTED USING LIGHT BULBS OF COLOUR THAT BECAME MY PAINT. /
Alan Vega
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