Light Forms

Solo Exhibition, SECCA, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art,
North Carolina, US
October 14 2014 - January 5 2015
Curated by Cora Fisher

For Danish artist Emil Salto, light experiments are a form of intuitive yet systematic inquiry. The results of Salto’s experiments are carefully modulated interactions with light and shadow: monochromes, photograms, and films. Salto uses light as an agent, through which we can touch on questions of time and space, optics and perception.

For his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, several series of photographs and films are shown together.
The artist has also created two light and color installations that reach beyond the discrete image to envelop the viewer and choreograph shadows.

In the obscurity of the darkroom, Salto casts light on photosensitive materials, inserting body into the composition between exposures. Chance tempers the discipline of his working process, which is calibrated to the medium at hand—whether that is analog (celluloid) film or handmade laminated 35mm slides, objects casting shadows, or light itself.

Salto draws upon modernism’s language of abstraction and, above all, its restless spirit of experimentation.
His work is kindred to artists of international movements of the 20th and 21st centuries such as Bauhaus, the Zero Group and, more unexpectedly, the American Light and Space movement.
These movements, like his work, are primarily motivated by the question of how art can continually shift perception, pointing us back to the elasticity of time and light.

Emil Salto: Light Forms, Installation View
Emil Salto: Light Forms, Installation View
Mobile (for Secca), 2014, metal rods, chifon fabric, molton fabric, projection cloth, string, wood, studio lamps
Mobile (for Secca), 2014, metal rods, chifon fabric, molton fabric, projection cloth, string, wood, studio lamps
Mobile (for Secca), 2014, metal rods, chifon fabric, molton fabric, projection cloth, string, wood, studio lamps
Polarized Geometric Color Performance, 2014, 160 slides, Two modified slide-projectors, generative loop, dimensions variable
Polarized Geometric Color Performance, 2014, 160 slides, Two modified slide-projectors, generative loop, dimensions variable
Polarized Geometric Color Performance, 2014, 160 slides, Two modified slide-projectors, generative loop, dimensions variable
Polarized Geometric Color Performance, 2014, 160 slides, Two modified slide-projectors, generative loop, dimensions variable
Emil Salto: Light Forms, Installation View
Untitled, Mute Science, unique photogram on baryta paper, 40,5 x 30,5 each, 2009
Untitled, Mute Science, unique photogram on baryta paper, 40,5 x 30,5 each, 2009
X-Ray Eyes, 2014
12 b/w gelatin silver prints from color slides on Fiber-base, 24 x 34 cm each

Installation View

Glass on Glass (Egon Salto 1978, Emil Salto 2013) Fiber-base photogram, 24,5 x 34,5 cm framed, unique, 2013
X-Ray Eyes, 2014
12 b/w gelatin silver prints from color slides on Fiber-base, 24 x 34 cm each
X-Ray Eyes, 2014
12 b/w gelatin silver prints from color slides on Fiber-base, 24 x 34 cm each
X-Ray Eyes, 2014
12 b/w gelatin silver prints from color slides on Fiber-base, 24 x 34 cm each
X-Ray Eyes, 2014
12 b/w gelatin silver prints from color slides on Fiber-base, 24 x 34 cm each
Stage set (for Untitled drama), 2011-2014, digital video, silent, 3 min loop
Camera test, 2014, 8 mm black & white film transferred to HD, silent, dimensions variable, dur. 3 min. loop
Mobile (for Secca), 2014, metal rods, chifon fabric, molton fabric, projection cloth, string, wood, studio lamps