Light and Space // Part 3 – Transformations of Light and Space

Based on my previous two articles focusing on light and space,( which you can look up here I am closing this series of light with an expanded overview on the transformation of space in interaction with light.

Mischa Kuball, (born 1959 in Düsseldorf), Germany uses light in specifically ways as a subject in his work. He interacts with architecture and public spaces and creates videos, photographs and installations with social political meaning.

The 1967 in Denmark born artist Olafur Eliasson creates installations with light and space in the nature as well as in artificial environments. The interaction with the viewer is very important in his work. He is looking at how and why we do things in a certain way as human beings. His work questions what it means to be in a space, to change and to experience it, how we create space and what reality is. He is interested in the relationship between author and receiver, and who has the responsibility for what one sees.      

olafur eliasson 002 take your time

Nan Hoover (1931 – 2008) was a Dutch – American artist and a pioneer in performance art. The interaction of light and motion is on of the main subjects of her artwork. She combined many of her performances with her installations of light and space.


In Gerhard Richter (born 9 February 1932) his art work the experience of light itself is repeatedly the main subject. But each time the light is questioned a new way and explores the relationships and meditative and sensual qualities of light and color.

Stained-glass-window gerhard richter

The Dutch artist Jan van Munster (born 1939) creates sculptures and installations with different kinds of materials. He uses light as a metaphor of energy and life. Contrasts like light and dark, warm and cold are often emphasized in his work.

Marian Zazeela (born 1940) works in several disciplines. She was born and raised in the Bronx and majored in painting in 1960. Her colored light installations and transformations of space are often combined with very minimalistic music and take sculptural forms.

Christian Boltanski (born 1940, Paris) his work is known for his interests on remembering and archive, playing, and the ephemeral. In his work the light plays an essential role, as a metaphor and creates a certain kind of sensitivity and atmosphere that becomes very particular in the meanings of his work. In his earlier work memory and death is often related to shadows and darkness, and to very dim and yellowish lighting. In his newer work the light becomes much lighter and more ephemeral.


The American artist James Turrell (born May 6, 1943) explores the interaction of light and space with each other. His father, was an aeronautical engineer and educator. Turell studied perceptual psychology and mathematics, geology and astronomy as well.

Rebecca Horn (born 1944 in Germany) works in many different disciplines, she works with poetry, painting,performance, film and sculpture. Many of her metaphorical installations focus on the relationships between body and space.

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