by becky alley, lal curator
For more than a year, the Lexington Art League has been dreaming of doing a light-themed exhibition.
Not just because the theme of light itself offers such richness and depth, but because there was something about what we were unearthing in the content of the work that speaks directly to our new vision of a world where art, artists, and art-making are central to human inspiration, self-realization, and meaning.
LUMINOSITY has become a public declaration of our commitment to delivering exceptional art to the city of Lexington. We are enthusiastically breaking with tradition while broadening our audience, are moving into a new era of presenting art that is fresh and inspired, and are ready to embrace programs that are more ambitious in scale and scope than anything we’ve ever tackled before. Months before the work arrived in Lexington, LUMINOSITY was inspiring those of us close to the project to see new possibilities in our familiar world and was challenging us to embrace the unknown, ultimately fueling our growth into a re-energized organization doing great work--work that we are so grateful to do.
LUMINOSITY unfolds in two phases: the first is an interactive outdoor sculpture in Triangle Park by Calgary artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, and the second is a group show in Loudoun House, featuring interactive video, photography, and installations of sound and light by artists from Norway, Colorado, Canada, and Kentucky.
While the first viewing of the work from LUMINOSITY is in January at Art Ball, the project actually started in Fall 2013 with a city-wide (and beyond) light bulb drive. Collecting bulbs from folks all over Lexington, and even some in Cincinnati, not only allowed LAL to spread the word about the project, but gave everyone easy access to participating in the creation of a new piece of public art. The sculpture in Triangle Park, while conceived by Brown and Garrett, truly is a community effort and will be a beacon in the heart of the city, reflecting and refracting light through the same light bulbs that once illuminated the homes of our friends and neighbors.