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Julianne Swartz

Blue Sky with Rainbow

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Bathed in sunshine for an average of nine hours a day, Perth is the sunniest capital city in Australia. Harvesting this plentiful sunlight is AGWA’s major new sculptural installation, Blue Sky with Rainbow by

artist Julianne Swartz.

Julianne Swartz is an American artist who works with installation, sound art, sculpture and photographs to explore concepts of space and time, as well as the fluctuating interface between inside and outside, private and public, people and their surroundings. Her sculptural installations often utilise optics, sound and kinetics to articulate the ebb and flow of life, rather than the mass and volume of form associated with traditional sculpture. Extending this alternative attitude to sculpture, her work can often be as much about human connection and communication, as it is about the intersection of ephemeral art with the built environment.

Blue Sky with Rainbow quietly reveals its subtle interaction with the Gallery’s concourse spaces and draws

on the natural source of real-time sunlight, as well as the passing or transient presence of the viewer.

Julianne Swartz Blue Sky with Rainbow 2015-2016 (detail)   Julianne Swartz Blue Sky with Rainbow 2015-2016 (detail)   Julianne Swartz Blue Sky with Rainbow 2015-2016 (detail)

This installation seems not just to “take a line for a walk” through the Gallery spaces (artist Paul Klee once described drawing as “taking a line for a walk”), but light as well, transporting real-time sunlight, all the way from the rooftop to the ground floor. In this way, Blue Sky with Rainbow transports a stream of light energy through the building, a medium which is entirely mutable, being dependent on the outside sunlight to create the interior optical event. The playful, recurring nature of the work invites viewers’ interaction, and the rainbow at the end of the path will reward their engagement and prepare them to notice the details that emerge as they continue through the Gallery’s display spaces.

The artist extends special thanks to Markus Greiner, Professor of Physics, Harvard University, and

Parans Solar Lighting, for their assistance on this project.

For further information on Julianne’s work visit www.julianneswartz.com

Julianne Swartz Blue Sky with Rainbow 2015 (detail)

Julianne Swartz Blue Sky with Rainbow 2015 (detail)   Julianne Swartz Blue Sky with Rainbow 2015 (detail)

In conversation | FREE

(Rescheduled - new time & date)

1pm, Sunday 23 October

AGWA’s new major sculptural installation, Blue Sky with Rainbow harvests plentiful Western Australian sunlight to beckon visitors into the galleries. Join US artist, Julianne Swartz with AGWA Curator, Jenepher Duncan for a discussion about how this project came about.

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Julianne Swartz

Blue Sky with Rainbow 2015-2016
solar collector on roof, sunlight, fibre optic cable, custom PVC cladding, prism, lens and acetate
dimensions variable
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2015




 




 

 


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