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Up Front gallery, Level 5Previous Exhibition
I began working with light … to move away from the wall, from painting, [from] making art works that had limits … particularly two dimensions. I wanted to move into space.
Bill Culbert, 2013
An array of fluorescent light tubes cascade through space, drawing us near yet forcing us to avert our gaze from the glare.
Bill Culbert originally trained as a painter but turned to light as his subject and medium in the 1960s. Since the 70s, he has worked extensively with electric lights.
Culbert made Light fall in 1993, 20 years before his acclaimed exhibition at the prestigious Venice Biennale. Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa includes two works from that show, both of which play with light out of place – tumbling, spilling, scattering.