James Clar | ALL EVERYTHINGParasol unit for contemporary art, London22 Sept 2014 – 8 Mar 2015
James Clar is an American visual artist who uses technology as a medium to critique the dissociative affects of technology itself.
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Commissioned especially for Parasol unit’s 10th Anniversary

 

In celebration of its 10th Anniversary year, Parasol unit commissioned the American artist James Clar to create an outdoor work to explore the phenomenon of light. As a result, his extraordinary light sculpture ALL EVERYTHING, 2014, which represents new beginnings, history, and infinite potential, will illuminate the outdoor terrace at Parasol unit.

 

ALL EVERYTHING embodies two extremes: the initial ‘Big Bang’ that created the universe and the history of its continuing expansion. A large burst of light represents the Big Bang, with individual rays extending outwards in all directions – a metaphorical nano-moment suspended together with the history of ever-expanding space. Etched into the acrylic-tube light rays is a scaled timeline of the universe. At the end of each ray it is noted that human beings came into existence some 12.9 billion years after the Big Bang.

 

Structurally, ALL EVERYTHING consists of two intersecting metal posts, each approximately four metres long, supported on a base stand. At their axis is a complex central system of spheres, about 25 cm in diameter, from which stem 180 acrylic-tube light rods, curving outwards. From this central group of spheres, 180 miniature, 1-watt, LED (light-emitting diodes) shoot light down each rod. The light rods, approximately 180 cm long and 2 cm in diameter, are etched with a scaled timeline of the universe.

ALL EVERYTHING

Parasol unit for contemporary art, London
22 Sept 2014 - 8 Mar 2015