The Juan Soriano Morelense Museum of Contemporary Art (MMAC) in Cuernavaca, Mexico, is aimed at raising awareness of what can be achieved with light. This was the focus of the In-visible center, a temporary exhibition of light installations.
The exhibition was created in collaboration with the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) of Mexico, to celebrate the International Day of Light. This exhibition showcased light in a range of colors, intensities, and shadows, emphasizing the metaphorical impact on the Earth's surface, aiming to illustrate the nature and influence of light on people's daily lives.
To achieve this artistic and technological inspiration, five of the six installations featured Ketra, an advanced LED light source from Lutron that provides more than 16.7 million colors. Ketra lights include pastels, saturated colors, and high CRI whites ranging from 1,400K to 10,000K.
Interlight - Omar Gómez
Artists Omar Gomez created colorful lighting sequences with the Ketra and Athena hanging light fixtures that were presented on a large retro-reflective gray cloth canvas. When visitors stood between the light sources and the canvas, only their silhouettes appeared.
“By giving the artists the Ketra tool, they were able to do what they wanted. They could choose any color, any intensity, any order or sequence of lighting to realize their artistic vision."
This Is The Now - Monica Vega
For this display, artist Monica Vega brought Cuernavaca's local lights indoors. Four synchronized Ketra lamps gently illuminated the rows of translucent fabric panels with a lighting sequence that simulated the exact color temperatures that exist from sunrise to sunset in a short seven-minute program.
Ketra linear lights allowed Monica Vega to accurately reproduce the natural transition of color temperatures that people experience every day in Cuernavaca with a light source.
Spectra - Fiama Diaz y Miguel Vega
In this exhibit, both artists programmed 11 Ketra lighting fixtures in a sophisticated sequence that illuminated the large-format nylon wire installation with a range of color temperatures (2000K-5000K) and intensities from various angles. This careful coordination, executed by Lutron's Athena light, created a sense of movement and displacement throughout the extensive piece.
"Spectra began as an exploration of light and its interaction with various materials, but Ketra brought the dynamism that brought it to life."
Rhizomatic Garden - Shamin Cecilia Ramos
Inside a closed room, built into the exhibition floor, visitors experienced how different color saturations of light affected their mood and perception of their immediate surroundings. Shamin Cecilia Ramos used the Ketra and Athena lights to program sophisticated lighting sequences that gently changed the color and intensity of light within this white box.
Ketra light transformed this space emotionally and visually. The soil texture becomes shiny under blue light and disappears under red light.
Phototropism by Anahy Cabrera
Artist Anahy Cabrera combined Ketra light sources with luminaires installed on each canvas to represent the morphological patterns that emerge as the elements of the planet respond to the energy of the sun. As Ketra wrapped the structural canvases in various shades of purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red light, the luminaires on the canvas painted the fabrics with brushstrokes of light that then faded completely.
Phototropism relied on the coordination of Ketra and other lighting devices to create an immersive and hypnotic experience.
Throughout the In-visible exhibition, artists produced unique pieces using light and color in new and profound ways. Their expressions moved the visitors, sparked their imaginations, and inspired them to think more about the magic contained in the energy of light.