Leo Villareal: Animating Light @ Nevada Museum of Art

Architecture & Interiors

I’m a big fan of Erwin Redl’s work, it’s architectural, eye-catching, kinetic and made of light. What’s not to like?

So when I saw Leo Villareal’s work, I was instantly in love.

Sequenced LED lights that dance around and configure themselves into patterns and bursts of light. With the use of a diffuser, he achieves softer edged glowing blobs of color that reference color field paintings (think blurry borders, colors glowing on top of each other, no borders…) and (so I read) Impressionist master paintings, but I think that’s a bit of a stretch.

"Field" @ Gering & Lopez Gallery in 2007

He’s having his first museum survey at the Nevada Museum of Art, but he is no stranger to museums having exhibited at the National Gallery of Art (DC), Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (KS), PS1/MoMA (NYC), Tampa Museum of Art (FL), and the Albright Knox Gallery (NY). He has shown his work extensively and is currently enjoying representation by 3 different galleries: Gering and Lopez Gallery in NYC, Conner Contemporary Art in DC and Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid, Spain.

"Multiverse" at the National Gallery of Art in DC

Click here to see video of “Multiverse” at the National Gallery of Art since Fall 2008
“Multiverse” has around 41,000 computer programmed LEDs along a 200 foot long space. WOW! It’s these huge pieces that blow my mind. Graphic, bold, and massive.

So if you are lucky enough to be near enough to Reno, Nevada to see this exhibition, it will be worth your while to sync your visit with one of the many events they are having in conjunction with the show.

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