Bentley Meeker Presents ‘Immaculate Refraction’ at Penticton Art Gallery

Untitled 2019 Resin-wood-canvas-3000k-LED-lights-and-6500k-LED-lights Photo: Arnold Brower

New York City-based lighting artist Bentley Meeker will present Immaculate Refraction, a new series of illuminated, sculptural works at Penticton Art Gallery from March 23 through May 12, 2019, with an opening party on Saturday March 23 starting at 7:30pm.

On view will be more than 40 new works, in addition to a site-specific installation that addresses the interplay between single frequencies of light and refractive elements and formations.  A free talk given by Meeker will be held in the gallery on Saturday, March 23 at 2pm.

In the same vein as the works on view in Meeker’s “Exploring Light” exhibition (which opened March 6, 2019 at New York City’s Garvey|Simon gallery), these contemplative sculptures experiment and explore light itself. The artist uses contrasting light sources and frequencies along with geometric, sculptural reliefs, to create a specific range of subtle hues. By its very nature, the work encourages visitors to pause and consider the varying possibilities of light sources in today’s marketplace, as well as their potential effects on the human psyche.

In the installation, light refracted from various surfaces allows the artist to “paint” with light, using the powerful, primary hue generated from two juxtaposed immaculate, unencumbered frequencies in the color spectrum. The phenomenon of the light being refracted through these elements, in addition to inspiring the exhibition’s name, allows the viewer to see light as it has never been seen before.

The new works are the result of Meeker’s extensive study of light and its impact on humanity—an expertise the artist has developed from decades of experimentation via his studio practice, museum exhibitions, gallery shows, and large-scale installations, as well as his commercial career as a celebrated lighting designer. Meeker’s mission is to inquire about and examine reactions and relationships between light sources and the human experience.

Untitled 2019 Resin-wood-canvas-3000k-LED-lights-and-6500k-LED-lights Photo: Arnold Brower

Location: Penticton Art Gallery, 199 Marina Way, Penticton, BC V2A 1H5, Canada

Exhibition Dates: March 23 through May 12, 2019

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm

Opening Party: March 23 at 7:30pm