Light as a central biblical term describes, illuminates and raises questions. The word “light” is used 245 times in the Bible. Right at the beginning of the first Book of Genesis it is said: „And God said, ‚Let there be light‘, and there was light. The prophet Isaiah commanded: ” Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”(60,1) Finally, Jesus explained in John’s Gospel: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”- In many religions and philosophies of the world, light stands for enlightenment and recognition. Light is the source of good and it dispels the evil, the devil and the darkness. – The Evangelical Church in the Rhineland wants to intensify the dialogue between theology, light and art with the exhibition “and … light”. Seven artists have been invited:
― Christoph Dahlhausen
― Konstantinos Angelos Gavrias
― Diana Ramaekers
The artists illuminate Christian messages with their works of art, but above all they pose new questions. The exhibition – curated by Holger Hagedorn – will be shown in Saarbrücken, Trier, Mönchengladbach, Troisdorf, Essen, Krefeld and Düsseldorf.
In his theological accompanying text to the exhibition, Frank Vogelsang, Director of the Protestant Academy in the Rhineland, writes: “The works of art give us an idea that light is always a precious commodity that it is delicate, that it can also disappear.” That is the case, for example “When dark powers take over lighting control and prefer fake news over open communication”. In the artworks of the exhibition light always give the impression to be fragile and contested. “Light slaves itself away by penetrating the materials or the media.” Thus, these nine positions are also related to the architecture of the churches and the spaces in which they are exhibited. Each time, the prevailing lighting conditions are different and the artworks are always perceivable in a new way of perception – an interesting adventure!
Dates of the travelling exhibition:
March 22 – May 12, 2019 – Konstantin Basilika Trier
May 16 – June 6, 2019 – Ernst-Christoffel-Haus Rheydt Mönchengladbach
July 11 – August 25, 2019 – Johanneskirche Troisdorf
August 28 – October 2, 2019 – Kunstraum Notkirche Essen
October 11 – November 17, 2019 – Friedenskirche Krefeld
November 20 – December 22, 2019 – Johanneskirche/ Stadtkirche Düsseldorf
January 6 – February 14, 2020 – Haus der Landeskirche Düsseldorf
Molitor & Kuzmin | 2+1
The object consists of three light rings, which peep out of the concrete wall like portholes. They refer to the divine Trinity, whereby the rings are arranged asymmetrically to each other and emerge slightly raised from the concrete.
Konstantinos Angelos Gavrias | aeon
Aeon actually is a self-portrait. From a distance you only can see a matt white surface. But only from close up, from a certain point of view and under a special light incidence do the outlines of a man emerge, who seem to be looking at the viewer from another sphere. As if he falls out of the frame and enter from the beyond into this world.
Krüger & Prothmann | Videoinstallation „falling lights and rising shadows”
Filmic sequences are projected on walls in endless loops. The light and dark formations allow a variety of associations: shadows wander, rise, disappear and make room for rays of light that break and fan in the moving water.
Molitor & Kuzmin | Lichtzeit
How do light and time relate to each other? “Light” and “time” are in a contradictory relationship to each other: the light runs counter to the time, the time collides with the light. What does that mean? Albert Einstein explored the relationship between light and time. In his Theory of Relativity, he states that time passes more slowly the faster one moves. So is it possible to stop the passing of time when traveling at the speed of light? Can man live forever if he moves fast enough?
Molitor & Kuzmin | m&k-Licht-2000
Fine sand is sprinkled on the top of a stele over a fluorescent tube. Visitors can write messages in the sand – a participatory element.
Christoph Dahlhausen | Shine on . . .
The framework and the blue fluorescent tubes form a light installation. This design with the appearance of a construction site will frame portals of entry into or out of the sacred world. The deconstructionist arrangement points in many directions. Nevertheless, the blue light of the fluorescent tubes is a clear indication of the heavenly spheres.
Christoph Dahlhausen | Stellar Connections
Photo filters and colorful photo lenses are mounted on an aluminum disc. A light projector illuminates the slowly rotating disk and casts colored light in changing constellations on walls, pulpits or other spatial elements – is this a possible indication of projection in religion and psychology?
Diana Ramaekers | Spiritus Sanctus
The installation shows shallow glass looking like three puddles, which reflect light bluish and – depending on the perspective – in rainbow colors. It conveys metaphorical ideas of what the Holy Spirit might be: a source of inspiration and creative power.
Molitor & Kuzmin | Wave
A fluorescent tube is worked into a frame construction made of aluminum. A meditative impression emanates from the object. It gives the impression of a rotating light wave.
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| und … LICHT | 2019 | Photos: Andrea Dingeldein | Copyright with the artists and the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland|