Galleria Franco Noero is pleased to present the fifth solo exhibition of Canadian artist Andrew Dadson. SHADE features a series of brand new works that use light to continue Dadson’s extensive experiments with abstraction and space.
The site-specific installation especially conceived for the gallery in residence space is composed of three works all using a minimalist grid of painted fluorescent lights that have been almost completely obscured by a thick layering of paint. Constructed by a sequence of lights where pinpricks of light escape from the brushstrokes, the three works provoke an effect of obliteration, like if it was the vanishing of the sun. Each work within the room would be intensely bright without the effects of the paint and would be almost too bright to look at.
In the work Constellation (grow Lights) 2017, lights that are used for growing plants have been painted over to block out almost all of the UV light creating a contrast to the lights original intention. Only with the actions of Dadson does he create a cosmic space where the energy of the industrial lights that usually function to make it impossible to see the night sky within the city create their own unique constellation.
The installation creates a place for meditation, where the intense pull of the lights draws one closer to reveal the texture and build-up of paint while making evident the energy contained within the lights.
Galleria Franco Noero (press release)