Lume exhibit sheds light on poem, ordinary objects
Lume’s exhibit “as if the sun (for Cid Corman)” in Hutchinson, Minn., continues his exploration of light as a way to reflect the impact of poetry using our physical world.
Cid Corman’s writing was important to Lume when he was a young artist. “His short poems to me seemed fresh, clean and complex. They made the world sparkle like a jewel. Reading them 30 years later, they still shimmer,” Lume said.
Lume’s exhibits are installations using common materials that reflect the light in the room. In Hutchinson, he uses a chair facing a window, orange price tag stickers, hologram tape, acetate, proofing paper, fabric with sequins and reflective tape.
The exhibit is an offshoot of another that Lume had this past summer, also using orange price tag stickers, as part of an international artist residency at the Bær Art Center in Hofsós, Iceland. The residency was during the midnight sun of the summer solstice on the edge of the Arctic Circle.
“In the ‘night,’ the sun did not dip below the horizon. The light was magical. The installation traced the pattern of daylight, made from the skylight, as it moved around my studio. The price tag stickers track eight hours of day,” Lume said.
In 2022, Lume won a worldwide Gottlieb Foundation of New York grant to further develop his light-based installations. Lume has worked directly with light as a material for 24 years and indirectly for 30 years. His work highlights the interplay and intersections of light and matter, allowing the matter — or objects that we encounter daily — to speak in a sense through their shadows and reflections.
In 2024, he will have a summer artist residency at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Wash. “I can't wait to discover the kind of light that is there,” he said.