ADAM NORTON

Stealth

2000

Red Gallery


The work 'Tank' explores the use of light to camouflage military hardware. In nature this is known as counter-illumination, and some squid and fish use it by using bio-luminescence cells as a light source to match their brightness to the surrounding area. In the military project Yehudi used as series of lights on aircraft to raise its luminescence to that of the surrounding sky.

Tank uses a series of lights to equal out the hard outline of a military tank to blend into the wall, in effect to disappear an artwork into the walls of the gallery. I like how from a short distance the work is obscured into a rough blob of light, however as you approach it the individual lights and the background tank shape become apperent.

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Tank, 2000, lights on aluminium, 120cm x 65cm x 15cm