This week we studied the Da Vinci themes of optics and light. We looked at several artists who work with light, such as Dan Flavin and James Turrell. We were invited to go to PS.1 in Long Island City to see James Turrell’s long-term installation: The Meeting.

Our assignment was to make a pencil and ink drawing on the topic of light, optics, and eyes. Select an artist and extend from his/her practice. Invent past our comfort zone. Pass the first and second thought. Illuminate the topic from our personal point-of-view.

I was inspired by Jacob Sutton’s L.E.D. Surfer, a short film featuring a pro snowboarder wearing a suit of LED lights at night. “I was really drawn to the idea of a lone character made of light surfing through darkness,” says Sutton of his costume choice. “I’ve always been excited by unusual ways of lighting things, so it seemed like an exciting idea to make the subject of the film the only light source,” said Sutton.

In my own piece of art about contrasting light and dark, I also wanted to work with the unique texture of the paper and sepia ink color, a bit of organic-ness.

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