Light and Space Movement

03-08-20 KI6A4457

Yesterday I discussed my Zombie Photography process, which lends itself to my process-based organic abstractions, while I see this is just one step in the making of my final artwork. The real goal is to develop a lumenescent print that emphasize how the colors, shapes and forms change as the viewer’s perception of the artwork shifts. To accomplish this optical effect I print these images on reflective media and in conjunction with other luminescent materials. Which is what I am experimenting with these days while cooped up to the COVID-19 pandemic and the immediate issue being limited to materials already on hand.

Perhaps this concept might provide better alignment me with the second generation of the Light and Space movement that originated on America’s West Coast, specifically in Los Angeles, in the 1970’s. Back in that time, the ‘Light and Space’ movement was consider a sub-set to the Minimalism movement in New York. As reported; One of the signature characteristics of the Light and Space movement is the choice of alternative materials employed in the creation of both two- and three-dimensional works of art.

Interestingly the ‘Light and Space’ movement was also considered to be a merger of art and science as some of the new cutting-edge alternative reflective materials were being evaluated. Wow, being an engineer/scientist, that aspect resonates with me. Nevertheless,  at this point, I am still in the exploration process that I call my experimental/play process. Another aspect of this movement is that it was grounded in Southern California, part due is the quality of light found here, again, something that I can relate to living here.

I will not say for sure where this new investigation will take me, but it’s always been about the journey more so than destination.

Cheers, stay healthy and safe my friends,


Featured artwork above: work in process (working title Creation #4457, TechnoSynthesis series) –  copyright 2020 Douglas Stockdale


Gardening For Ordnance solo on-line exhibition, Fabrik Projects on, March 24th – April 30th, 2020.

Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) Faculty Exhibition, in Los Angeles at the new LACP gallery, located at 566 Washington Blvd. The exhibition opens March 21st and the closing reception is Saturday, April, 18, 2020, from 7-10pm. TBD

Update! Medium Photo 2020 Workshop: Developing a Creative Book workshop that I will be leading, is now rescheduled for September 24 – 27th, 2020, a four-day extended weekend workshop in San Diego.

Medium Photo 2020 Lecture Series, I will be giving a one-evening lecture Artist Books as Art Objects on Friday, March 20th, from 7:30 – 9pm at the You Belong Here artist venue, located at 3619 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, California 92104. TBD


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