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First solo show for Joss Newberry

25 February 2014 11.30 GMT

(UK) - 'Sense of Wonderment' by lighting sculptor to debut at Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, London.

Sense of Wonderment is lighting sculptor Joss Newberry’s first solo exhibition in response to a perceived dearth of creativity in the burgeoning lighting industry now dominated by LED. The free public exhibition will take place at Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, London from 31st March to 5th April.

A practitioner in lighting design and commercial product design for his company Opius Design that was founded in 1990, Newberry spends his working life addressing market needs and opportunities for innovation, occupying a unique position between market delivery and engineering practicality.

The galleries will house eighteen new lighting installations, all powered by LED and all made specifically for this exhibition. The blended theme of magic and sculptural beauty runs through the four galleries. Starting in the lobby gallery with three magic pieces that demand the viewer to think about how each piece can function. Moving to galleries two and three the viewer will see the sculptural theme in the mainly suspended luminaires. Each individual form designed to meet the desire for dynamic sculpture using edge-lit panels and complex ribbon forms with embedded tape LEDs. In the final gallery we return to magic with individual pieces designed to entertain, confound and instill a sense of wonderment.

The journey back to the first gallery will repeat the message of the exhibition, that magic exists in sculptural form and sculpture itself can be magical.

Newberry commented about the forthcoming exhibition: “Like many disruptive forces, the drive for this exhibition came from a frustration, in my case the widespread absence of creativity in the LED lighting industry – a field I work in as lighting designer and lighting product designer. This exhibition gives me license to express creativity unconstrained by the day to day commercial considerations. The sculptural forms are complex 3D shapes, but generally natural forms following mathematical principles. In addition to the pure sculptural forms are a number of pieces with a specific lighting effect designed to stimulate a sense of wonderment.”


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