What are "The Illuminations?"

The Illuminations are custom  lightboxes that I have developed as a means of having my own unique style of displaying my work.  An Illumination is an "edge-lit" lightbox (as opposed to the more traditional "backlit" lightbox).  

Using LED light strips that are encased in the frame, and a special type of acrylic sheet designed for edge lighting, my Illuminations have much in common with many types of light displays that are commonly encountered in everyday life.  Anytime you go through a drive-thru, wait at a bus stop, or even look at a computer monitor you are seeing something similar to one of my Illuminations.  However, many people find the Illuminations novel and unlike such common devices, and I think this is because of the shift of context.  My Illuminations do not display fast food menus or advertisements, rather they are elegantly framed art pieces and somehow that change of content and context is enough to make them seem quite novel even though the technology is nothing terribly exotic.

Additionally the Illuminations are double-sided lightboxes that display mirror image prints on both sides - an effect I call 2.5D since the 2D images take on an almost sculptural aspect when regarded from all directions.  The pieces are designed to constitute a comprehensive installation, and on this page you may find images of my most ambitious presentation to date, as well as links to past shows.
Essential (so far) to an Illuminations exhibit is that the pieces hang in space, and break with the tradition of presenting art on the walls.  I always loved Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" as a child, and the intro fascinated me, and, evidently, strongly influenced me.

Technically and conceptually the Illuminations are an evolving art form.  A hybrid of painting techniques and large format printing, as well as style and scale of installation. As my vision and skill develops I am exploring various techniques such as painting directly over large format prints to create completely original pieces (so far what has been exhibited has been illuminated reproductions of paintings).  Additionally, these techniques may expand to encompass projection art, live painting, and also various 3D geometric forms.

"Crazyology" - Illuminations at 1000 Van Ness,
San Francisco, Jan. - Feb. 2013
More Illumination Installations

Below are links to previous exhibits.  Each location has been different and has required very different approaches to utilizing the exhibition space, and also the Illuminations have developed technically.  The links below reflect the evolving art form.

New York City, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 2013 Berlin, May 2012, BAGL Art Festival "Dark Echo Park", Halloween 2011 Exhibit at Sancho Gallery, Los Angeles Burning Man Center Camp Cafe, Black Rock City 2010 Purchase an Illumination