James Clar, ‘Spike Light’, 2009, Galeria Senda

In architectural lighting there is a light called a 'spike light' which is a luminaire with a small spike that is driven into the ground to uplight trees.

In an effort to create a piece that matched the aggressive nature of the term 'spike light', Clar created a piece that was 1.2 m high and internally lit. The sides are made of diffused acrylic outlined with metallic chrome trim and chrome finished chain. A massive spike that needs to be chained down.

About James Clar

Media artist James Clar explores the effects of media and technology on our perceptions of culture and identity. “What I’m trying to do is pull these pixels out of the screen and into our physical reality. Then they can exist not as a flat 2D surface, but as a physical object that interacts with the real environment they are placed in.” Clar's manipulations of light have included a meticulous composition of 1000 individually controlled LEDs forming a cube. He is a new voice in a long line of light-focused artists, from Dan Flavin to Olafur Eliasson.

American, b. 1979, Wisconsin, United States, based in New York, NY