Making an artform of lighting

LIGHT (and its absence) is an integral part of our existence, from ancient mythologies of darkness and evil to modern supermarkets’ flickering strip lights – light plays a role in many of our experiences.

Artemide The Human Light is a collection of works on display at the Craftwest Gallery Elemental by internationally acclaimed lighting designers from the global group Artemide.

Launched to coincide with architecture week in WA, Architecture On Show 2001, the collection is focused on the design and architectural elements of lighting.

Craftwest executive director Lynda Dorrington said Artemide had about 56 offices worldwide and invested significant resources into research and development of its products.

“Mondo Luce did our refit for the gallery and out of this project will come a collaborative exhibition in WA,” Ms Dorrington said.

Local ceramics artist Angela Mellor has completed a significant project on the effect of lighting and porcelain and is developing an exhibition of lighting and her porcelain.

The collaborative exhibition is an example of how the intersection of commercial and cultural practices can deliver exciting projects for the Perth community.

Mondo Luce director Reg Campbell said the designers with Artemide around the world were absorbed into a unique culture that delivered astounding lighting solutions – a “human light”, as he termed it.

“Light is a critical part of where we live … this exhibition is a range of products mainly in the decorative and architectural area with a focus on some of the designers,” Mr Campbell said.

“Artemide is a world leader in lighting fixtures across the board.

“They believe in the human light, which means a companionable light that’s actually part of where we live.”

This is the first time a collection of Artemide’s works has been exhibited in Perth, providing the public with an opportunity to more fully appreciate the importance of lighting design in our lives.

Mondo Luce has developed relationships with many interior designers and architects in Perth and fulfils an important role in the design of new spaces.

Mr Campbell claims many consumers are unaware that lighting designers like Mondo Luce exist in Perth.

“It’s my hope this exhibition will widen the understanding (of lighting) and it’s a chance to see some of the world’s best products,” he said.

It’s very much in keeping with the fashion and design industry ... it’s ever changing and very stimulating.”

It’s a unique example of industry and art working together. The exhibition is a collection of outstanding lighting objects that provides the public with an insight into this essential part of the design process.

Mondo Luce worked with Craftwest to design its exhibition space in the city because, obviously, nowhere is lighting more important than when displaying art.

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