Lumen at White Rabbit Gallery

Sat 6th March, 2021 – Sun 1st August, 2021
White Rabbit Gallery
30 Balfour Street, Chippendale
Price: Free
In this exploration of light, artists use LED bulbs, video, metronomes, miniature household items, kinetic sculptures and intricate structures to illuminate the visible and invisible.

Where light is commonly used to extinguish darkness, the pieces in White Rabbit Gallery's 23rd exhibition use both to navigate between their transition and opposition.

Forty works from Judith Neilson's collection of Chinese contemporary art are being exhibited as part of Lumen, spread out over the gallery's four levels.

Two highlights are from Luxury Logico, a four-person collective combining architecture, technology and installation into large-scale structural works. Miniature is anything but – the tower of stainless steel and copper rods uses LED lights to create a dazzling celestial show, while the computer programming the pixels plays reality TV, trashy soap operas and ads on a hidden monitor. Solar by the same team is made of hundreds of low-energy light bulbs formed into a luminous, hypnotic orb.

Miniature household objects such as screwdrivers, fly swatters, axes, buckets and mosquito coils are suspended in the air in Dust 2, where artist Cong Lingqi uses two shafts of light to create specks of cololur amidst the mundane.

Exploring the intersection of light, sound and audience participation, Yao Chung-Han has created a new musical "instrument" that's played when participants walk through any of seven beams of light, turning the flickers into crackles of sound. You interrupt the light beams to control the music. And in Crystal City 007, a single LED light passing over clear plastic boxes creates a metropolis of phantom buildings through shadow.

Plus, gallery-goers become subjects of a piece by the father of video art in China; watch streetlights along Chang'an Avenue wax and wane; view a wearable lightbox that parodies President Xi Jinping's "Chinese Dream" and more.

Entry is free. White Rabbit Gallery is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm.

More information here.