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Phillip K. Smith III at Bridge Projects
December 2, 2019 • 8:00 am - December 9, 2019 PST
On view: October 12, 2019 – February 16, 2020
Walking into the darkened foyer of Bridge Projects, there’s a drastic shift from the busy streets of Sunset Boulevard. Inside, Phillip K. Smith III’s minimal light installation provides an almost chapel-like environment that demands a slow and patient attention span. Programmed on an hour-long loop, the LED-backed mirror sculptures slowly shift color, creating vibrant color fields throughout the stark gallery space. Some of these shifts are imperceptible, while others seem to happen in a blink of an eye, with the kelly-green panels suddenly bursting into vibrant red hues. While the format of this monumental work is similar to the familiar color manipulations of James Turrell, the installation provides moments of surprising color groupings and reflective effects that, almost like a meditation, offer an opportunity for the mind and body to slow down.