Silver Gray Nocturne Triptych

Title: 
Silver Gray Nocturne Triptych

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Object Name: 
Wall Sculpture
Title: 
Silver Gray Nocturne Triptych
Accession Number: 
2005.4.204
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 61 cm, W: 237.2 cm, D: 16.5 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
2005
Web Description: 
This kinetic sculpture is one of a series, titled “Breathing Lessons,” in which Lahaie explores light, water, and breath. By giving her pieces movement, she aims to animate the glass, to call attention to the unique qualities of the material. The ability of glass to capture light and to suggest different elements in nature—for example, water, fire, stone, clay, and air—is seen in works throughout this gallery. In Silver Gray Nocturne Triptych, light is projected through the glass panels, which are backed by a sheer fabric. A brush attached to a low-r.p.m. motor pushes the fabric against the glass and then releases it, creating shifting patterns of shadow and reflection in the same way that light plays on the surface of water. The shadows expand and contract rhythmically, drifting in and out of focus.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Heller Gallery, Source
Category: 
Technique: 
Inscription: 
Therese Lahaie
signature
Engraved Bottom right of (a) in script
Primary Description: 
Sheet glass; fabric, brush, acrylic, stainless steel, motor; assembled. Three section wall sculpture that appears to shimmer like water. Three sections consist of 5 panels of glass. (a) Transparent light brown glass flat glass; rectangular shape with and uneven texture. (b) Colorless bubbly flat glass; rectangular shape with an uneven texture. (c) Transparent light brown flat glass; rectangular shape with uneven texture. (d) Transparent light brown flat glass, rectangular shape with uneven texture. (e) Transparent light brown flat glass, rectangular shape with uneven texture.
Therese Lahaie: Rhythms in Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 10; BIB# AI77255