In his installations for the M.A.D.Gallery, the French artist plays with pendulums, pairing their oscillating movement with light to create a duo of mesmerizing phenomena.
In “Spatial Variations” and “Spherical Variations”, a slowly undulating metal ball ticks along its defined course, while throwing light and shadows on the surrounding space, almost as if the light is alive and breathing.
“Length Variations” plays with a moving light source as it passes through a concave structure, catching and reflecting the light in a brilliant flash, similar to a signal from a lighthouse.
Additionally, in “Dark Variations” and “Elliptical Variations,” the light emerges gracefully from the center of the sculpture, spilling over the surface outwards. This is due to a mechanical system that sets in motion the light from front to back, allowing the light rays to illuminate the central shape. While “Dark Variations” takes a circular shape and “Elliptical Variations” possesses an oblong form, both reflect an impression of inner light pouring outwards.
About this exhibition, Bénéteau says, “… the notions of time, space and impalpable forces are present,” as the artist explores the cyclical nature of light moving across and through objects.
His hope is that people viewing his work don’t get too caught up in the details and technique, but are rather able to observe the abstract nature of his work and the unique effect that his light sculptures create.
Elliptical Variations and Spatial Variations are limited to three pieces each.
Dark Variations is a limited edition of five pieces.
Spherical Variations is limited to seven pieces.
Length Variations comes in two different sizes (large and small), each in a limited edition of three and seven pieces respectively.