The Art of Light

Art of Light  by Moniquezzz
Art of Light , a photo by Moniquezzz on Flickr.

People chilling outside the Palace of Arts in Budapest- Photo of Today

Today, I mean yesterday was the opening night of the Art of Light by Moholy-Nagy László, Hungarian photographer, painter and film maker, in the Museum of Arts in Budapest.

As a photographer Moholy-Nagy has experimented a lot in the dark room by using not just his hands and the developer to paint over the photo paper, but also materials like nets and glasses to garnish his photograms. The results are not as impressive though as his photo portraits. The ones I like most are Children on the beach series. Moholy-Nagy manages very well the light balance between the sand and the face of the people on the pic, probably with quite a lot of burning and dodging in the dark room, but still very successfully. His framing is very original and they are just photos that talk, you can feel the sun on your skin, where did you leave your sunglasses?!

The paintings in the exhibition are either minimalistic, geometrical or constructivist, bringing up social issues.  Didn’t quite get what the second has to do with light, but I guess it can be seen as enLIGHTening the society 😛

There are also a few experimental movies by Moholy-Nagy  being projected in the halls. Even though this type of films I can’t enjoy for more than 50 seconds (maybe it’s my attention span, maybe I am not made to appreciate this kind of art… no comment), the audience looked fascinated and I believe the movies are pretty good for that genre.

Interesting part of the exhibition is the pictures of his Lumino Kinetic artworks, for example Light-Space Modulator. Unfortunately it is only pictures of the constructions themselves, but it is worth spending the time and examining them in details. How the parts are moving what shadows they create. Beautyytytyty.  In fact, Moholy-Nagy “can be regarded as one of the fathers of Lumino kinetic art.” This influence can be seen in some of his paintings too. They have a second layer of glass decorated with elements that throw shadows on the painting below. Depending on the angle, depending on the light the audience perceive it in a new way. I believe the curator could have placed these artworks in a more interesting spots where the light can change, but ya, it’s easy to criticize :0

Wonderful exhibition, absolutely amazing music with DJ Palotai outside with great visualization by Urbanizer.

Why I am writing all this, cuz !nsomn!a is back and I am trying to fill the night (: The question is why are you reading it 🙂

Good night…

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