Mangold Sculpture Space is pleased to present Seeking That Which Reflects The Longest Wavelength, a site specific installation by Boulder, Colorado artist Joseph Shaeffer. The exhibit will run from March 18th through May 20th, 2017. This will be the second of five consecutive exhibits that Shaeffer will be staging during his year long residency at Mangold.
This installation continues Shaeffer's exploration into the idea of color when investigated as a property of wavelength. Nearly five thousand beam-splitter cubes have been mounted along the perimeter of the exhibition space and placed into a gridded array on the floor. The inherent qualities found in the design of these cubes allow them to absorb and reflect light from their immediate surroundings. Using this information as an initial point of reference, Shaeffer then backed each of the cubes with one of nineteen different colored chips. When adhering to a set of facts and rules put forth prior to the installation, the different colored cubes now have the ability to generate an almost infinite amount of color variations.
- All cubes (colors) will be configured at random with the only exception being that no three of the same colored cubes will be placed in sequence to one another.
- All 45 degree interior surface mirrors of the cubes will face the same direction when cubes are placed next to each other with their longer edges being congruent to one another.
- Each cube now possesses the color value of itself plus the value of each cube contiguous to it's long edges.
The resulting shifts in wavelength and the three dimensional interior depth of the cubes present an almost vertigo inducing quality that is difficult to capture in still images or video and is best appreciated when viewed in person.