In and out of of a ray of light

There is something quite mystical about watching human figures pass in and out of of a ray of light; like fleeting ghosts they appear, then disappear into the shadows.  The ones who stay, those who reach out their arms or spread wide their fingers, appear as partially present.  One can pass a limb into the fine mist and block the passage of light, causing far reaching bars of blackness that themselves appear solid.

All the while, the area of light changes shape, its crisp white outline bending and moving on the wall, like a gradual dance.

Solid Light Works is the perfect title.

It pulls you in. You cannot help but wade into the mists and become a part of it. You meet other shadows, too: “people talk to each other in the darkness – strangers” the invigilator comments.

Then, from the black room into the glare of white gallery space, insight can be found into the processes the artist went through to create this work; notebooks, sketchpads, drawings, models. It is truly fascinating.

“McCall describes his practice as existing in the space where cinema, sculpture and drawing overlap. He is best known for his large-scale, immersive sculptural light installations that incorporate the visitor and invite them to become active participants in the work.”

Anthony McCall’s ‘Solid Light Works’ continues until 3rd June at The Hepworth, Wakefield.



Petrifying objects

The waterfall at Mother Shipton’s Cave beside the River Nidd is a natural feature which was first opened to paying visitors in the 1600s, and is believed to be the oldest entrance-paying tourist attraction in England. For centuries this and other ‘petrifiying wells’ have been an attraction Continue reading