Painting with Light

May 26, 2020

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Join Seth Riskin, Manager of the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery, for a workshop inspired by Professor Gyorgy Kepes’s photograms. This hands-on Zoom workshop takes cues from Kepes’s photogram techniques and is inspired by his broader thinking about light as an artistic medium and interdisciplinary language of art and science. 

Photograms are photographic images produced without a camera. Objects are commonly used to manipulate light onto photosensitive material. Modifying this technique to suit current circumstances, using a flashlight, we'll project light through and around objects onto ordinary paper that we’ll then photograph. See below for a list of what you’ll need.

Free 5:30-7:00 pm Adults, high school and university students only. Space is limited. Pre-registration required at Eventbrite. A Zoom link where you will sign in that evening will be sent to you.

Materials: 

1. Cell phone with camera 2. Sheet of White paper 3. Flashlight (best is one with a removable head like a mini Maglite) 4. Darkened room or area with table 5. Objects and materials (the more the better) The objects—whatever you can find around you—play a special role as “light modulators” to craft and compose “paintings” of light and shadow on the paper. Look for objects and materials that afford varied, complex and otherwise significant interactions with light—significant not only in the physical sense (refraction, reflection, etc.) but also in terms of metaphor. In the mind of the viewer, a shadow can become something wholly different from what generated it!

 

 

About the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery

The MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery is a bustling, glass-walled workshop and experimental exhibition gallery located in Building 10 and operated by the MIT Museum. Home to a creative community of practice exploring commonalities between scientific and artistic methods, the space dazzles with the lights and sounds of large-scale technological art pieces made by past students. The Studio program connects MIT undergraduate and graduate students with the unique learning opportunities of the MIT Museum and showcases learning processes for MIT and visiting communities.

 

Join Seth Riskin, Manager of the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery, for a workshop inspired by Professor Gyorgy Kepes’s photograms.