Summer 2014 Window Works

Within the Angles of Incidence

  • Summer 2014 Window Works
  • Exhibition Dates: May 08,2014 - Aug 31,2014
  • About the artist
  • Cathy_headshotCathy Cunningham-Little

    Cathy Cunningham-Little uses neon, light, wire, string, and other materials in a variety of ways to explore the phenomena of perception, both the visual interaction of color and light and the mental aspects of perception. Her earlier worksRead more

About the exhibition

Where does the title for your exhibition come from?

An “angle of incidence” is a measure of deviation of something from “straight on,” in this instance a light ray to a glass surface. “Incidence” also refers to the frequency with which something occurs. In this work there are multiple angles created as the structure rotates.

How is this piece different from your previous work?

This is my first time to experiment with movement. I thought Artpace was my opportunity to see what happens—to see how far I could mix and throw the colors. My work is usually viewed in a dim environment, so for this project I was trying to create one entity that has two aspects. In daylight, it is barely visible, a subtle effect, with simple geometric shapes created by glass edges. I am using the light and glass edges to create what looks like a drawing where the transmitted color will change throughout the day. As it gets darker, the piece takes on a very different personality and becomes really vivid and lively. You can consider the daytime view a whisper and the nighttime a shout. It challenges close observation during the sun’s daily cycle and looks at the visibility of time.

Your work seems to connect closely with science; tell us more about that.

I think my work is connected with science, obviously, because I use natural phenomena that can be described in scientific terms. I am currently talking with experts to enhance my understanding of my work and its relation to science. I want to embrace a more calculated strategy, but I like the physical, the hands-on, and the moment of a surprise discovery.

Time lapse by Mark Menjivar.