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Primary by Flynn Talbot

Issue 80 August / September 2014

Perth-based lighting designer Flynn Talbot has created an installation piece that uses three-dimensional geometry and RGB colour mixing to produce a transformative experience.


Primary from flynntalbot on Vimeo.




The last time mondo*arc spoke to lighting designer Flynn Talbot, it was just after the launch of his 2011 piece X&Y: a series of spherical luminaires whose colour and brightness could be manipulated by gently rotating the entire piece along its two axes. 


X&Y typified Talbot's ongoing exploration of colour and the way people interact with it. His previous pieces have seen burning sunsets recreated as large-scale, urban installations, works that aimed to offer the viewer a unique experience, one through which they could feel in some way changed or transported. 


Talbot's latest project, Primary, is a continuation of this journey into colour. The three primary elements of light - red, green and blue - are projected onto a three-dimensional structure of pyramidal spines that reach out from a triangular frame. By varying the levels of light coming from the three Philips Selecon LED light sources, a dance of geometric shadows is created.

"Primary was conceived when I lived and worked in Berlin," says Talbot. "Almost two years later I found a temporary home for it in my home town of Perth, Australia. After many experiments with different light sources and cardboard structures I found a balance of dark and light to create a deeply moving installations."


Light and object are intrinsically connected. The three base colours informed the use of three separate light sources and the use of triangular forms o construct the piece. The cardboard structure is designed to fragment the light and show how coloured light is mixed. Throughout the ten minute programmed light show, a real feeling of movement is created, complemented by an accompanying soundscape. 


"This is a concept which has been scaled to suit the available space and can fit in many interiors," says Talbot. Visitors to the exhibition were presented with a long view of the piece, most thinking it was simply a 2D projection on the wall On a closer look the three dimensionality of the work became apparent and the depth of the polygons (up to two metres) could be seen. The from and side view are very different, each offering a unique visual experience."



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