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Nevada Museum of Art Presents Internationally-Renowned Artist Leo Villareal ‘Animating Light’

March 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Art Events & Exhibitions

RENO, NV.- Nevada Museum of Art presents internationally-renowned artist Leo Villareal, who will lead participants through the nature of light and the unique experience of his dynamic, immersive light sculptures and installations. On view from March 5, 2011 through May 22, 2011.

Leo Villareal Flag 2008. LEDs 580x388 Nevada Museum of Art Presents Internationally Renowned Artist Leo Villareal Animating Light
Leo Villareal, Flag, 2008. LEDs, custom software, and electrical hardware, 75 x 144 x 4 inches. Courtesy Gering & López Gallery, New York. Image courtesy of the artist and the San Jose Museum of Art.

Leo Villareal is the most prominent light sculptor of his generation. In 1997, he abandoned his work with interactive television and began creating sculptures in which he combined strobe lights, neon, and most recently, LED bulbs activated by the artist’s own custom-made software.

The magic of Villareal’s work lies in its sequencing. Thousands of tiny white LEDs may resemble a starry night as seen in a planetarium, while tubes of colored LEDs masked by a diffuser are like a Monet painting of water lilies set in motion.

His hypnotic and exhilarating light sculptures will be appreciated by both the young and old, experienced and inexperienced art viewers, students of both the arts and sciences, and engineers who will be tempted to analyze the artist’s algorithms.

In 1994, Villareal first attended the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. This experience influenced him greatly, and gradually led him to direct his attention towards creating immersive experiences that could be enjoyed on a larger scale.

This is the first museum survey of the groundbreaking work of Villareal, whose stunning manipulations of light and color are internationally renowned.

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