Sunday, January 18, 2009
Moving from traditional painting to painting with light, Carol Salmanson employs the same concepts of layering and blending colors, textures and scale in her new work. Binding together LEDs and a variety of transparent, reflective and patterned surfaces, Salmanson creates what she refers to as "other-worldly environments", that stimulate the eye - especially when installed outdoors, where they successfully compete with the city's illuminated billboards.
Her work process includes, like any other artist, tedious experiments in different lighted mediums and light sources. Some of the process is strictly technical, soldering thousands of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) to electronic circuit boards, testing how the color of each such tiny light source effects the entire piece.
Salmanson's show, Diaphany, runs through February 7th at the Mixed Greens gallery in Chelsea, NYC. The light installation is visible from the street level, 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm. You can see more of her work on her website, at www.carolsalmanson.com.