Light Spectrum draws the viewer’s attention to the science of light and color. The sculpture is composed of repurposed lampshade frames through which natural light is filtered. Covered with a colorful new skin of crocheted plastic, the frames reference their former purpose in shading electric light, now transformed as a means of displaying the rainbow colors of the spectrum.
About the artist:
Antonia A. Perez, born and raised in New York City, is a mixed-media artist who collects discarded household detritus and repurposes it into sculpture, works on paper and installations. Her work focuses on the transformation of materials, especially plastic bags, which she crochets into a range of forms representing domestic objects or abstract structures. In addition to making and exhibiting objects she participates in socially engaged activities centered on crocheting and the environment. She has presented workshops, public interactions and exhibited at Jameco Exchange at No Longer Empty in Jamaica, Museum of Art and Design, and Lettuce, Artichokes, Red Beets, Mango, Broccoli, Honey and Nutmeg: The Essex Street Market as Collaborator in Cuchifritos Gallery. She is a 2016 recipient of the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Studio Immersion Fellowship and the 2011 Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program Award. Her work has been exhibited at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, El Museo del Barrio, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and the Queens Museum. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Queens College, CUNY.
The Light Spectrum and associated programs are made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the historic house Trust’s Contemporary Art Partnerships program, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Community Trust. This sculpture is part of NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program.