Sleepless Light Exercises, UK

9th December 2016

Creating additional dramatic impact amidst Bernardi Roig’s ‘Sleepless Light Exercises’ exhibition at this year’s Canterbury Festival, Thorn Lighting has provided a powerful fluorescent illumination that offers a stark contrast to the installation’s surrounding Gothic setting.

Thorn Lighting is helping to sponsor the Sleepless Light Exercises exhibition at The Canterbury Festival this year by supplying PopPack T26 Batten luminaires for use on a sculpture.

The annual event, which is taking place at the Chaper House in Canterbury Cathedral, is one of the most important cultural and contemporary art events to be held in the South East of England.

The exhibition by international artist Bernardi Roig, working with the University of Creative Arts (Canterbury), uses life size sculptures made from polyester resin leaning against a wall and covered in 200 of Thorn’s PopPack 58W Battens. The stark white of the sculpture, combined with the powerful illumination from the fluorescent lamps, creates a dramatic contrast within the surrounding Gothic stained glass window space.

Riog has been active in the international art scene for the past 25 years. His work has been recently shown in solo exhibitions at Sala Alcala 31 (Madrid), MUNTREF Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Buenos Aires), The Phillips Collection (Washington), and Residenzgalerie Museum (Salzburg). His drawings, sculptures and installations are part of private and public collections in Spain, Italy, Cuba, Slovenia. Venezuela, Belgium and Japan.

Roig’s work explores themes such as human isolation, loneliness, the limits of knowledge and the body’s deterioration. The artist has created a tense relationship between figure and background, between rational comprehension and spiritual understanding, between artificial light and divine clarity.

Emma Braso, Cultural Programme Curator at University for the Creative Arts, commented: “We are delighted that Thorn has supported this event, the fluorescent lighting is a perfect choice of illumination for this exhibition as it creates a dramatic impact.”

Thorn’s PopPack Batten incorporates a Tridonic PC T8 Pro ballast contained in a white stoved enamel outer to provide a colour rendering index of 80 and luminaire efficacy of 90lm/w. The 1,500mm luminaire is suitable for a wide range of applications, including unique exhibition displays such as the Sleepless Light Exercises.