Coming up in our Modern and Contemporary Art auction on 22 October is Lot 315, this extraordinary work by Chris Levine, titled 'Flower of Light, 2013'.
Chris Levine (b. 1960) is a light artist who works across many mediums including photography, music, fashion and installation. He has produced a body of work that includes many collaborative projects with fashion houses such as Mario Testino, eco-system Eden project and icons such as Philip Treacy, Grace Jones and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of whom he created one of the most iconic images of the twenty-first century.
The Flower of Light is created with electronic lasers injected through Swarovski crystals to project light forms around the surrounding space. The work takes on three stages of life each one as mesmerising as the last. When the installation is turned off the Swarovski crystals suspended in the bulbs glisten in the day light. The beautiful construction represents the cycle of creation and symbolises perfect form, harmony and proportion. Then the lasers are switched on and the viewer is transported into a completely different dimension. Stood in front of the Flower of Light is a completely captivating experience which transfixes the viewer in an experience of stillness and a moment of calm. This meditative and almost spiritual aspect to Levine's work is very important, who finds strength and peace in meditating for up to two hours a day. Through his work he strives to increase the awareness of the essence of light and how we as human beings live in and amongst every possible form of light and energy, which is fundamental to our existence. The final stage is the haze machine which pumps homogenous clouds suspended in the air which creates an immersive matrix of beams. Levine uses these powerful, strong, red lasers to create a work that is not only mesmerising but also experiential. It draws our attention to the present moment and helps to set our minds to the now, falling into a state of meditation and focus.
Thursday 22 October | 10.30am
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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