beth caspar
window installations from Capturing Sunlightuntitled from Capturing Sunlightuntitled from Capturing Sunlightuntitled from Capturing Sunlightuntitled from Capturing Sunlightuntitled from Capturing Sunlightuntitled from Capturing Sunlightstudies for Capturing SunlightLogic and Structure (a 3-person installation)untitled from Logic and Structureuntitled from Logic and Structureuntitled from Logic and Structureinstallation view (strip lighting and light up)strip lighting (from Luminance)strip lighting (alternate view)light up (from Luminance)
Installations
"Capturing Sunlight" was a site-specific installation made in the late summer of 2014 in response to the brilliant sunlight that floods the large front windows of The Painters gallery, a unique exhibition space in the Catskills. The light also produces very distinct and ever-changing shapes on the floor of the gallery's front room. The project gave me a chance to expand upon "some fall down," a series of paintings I've been working on for the past few years to which I'd been, unsuccessfully, trying to add a third dimension. A solution became obvious, however, when I needed to "catch" the sunlight. By simply incorporating projections the sun could interfere with these structures to produce additional colors and shapes; in essence, paintings that change as the sun moves across the sky. The window pieces did it by using colored plexiglas that the light passed through, and the floor pieces used projecting planes that blocked the light to produce shadows. The "traditional" paintings (on canvas) depict the shapes and colors that I imagined might result given certain light conditions at any given time. These "paintings" like those I've been making since 2008, are also the result of chance, only this time not determined by the spin of a wheel but due to the unpredictability of the weather and the sun's constantly changing trajectory.

"Logic and Structure" was a 3-person installation done in the fall of 2015 at The Painters gallery. In it we attempted to visually describe the logic of set theory through the use of structures, a concept commonly depicted by a Venn diagram.

"Luminance" was an installation in which 4 artists attempted to create a "glow" or the appearance of an "inner light" without using any artificial light source.
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