For No Light Stands Alone, Helen Pitt Gallery, 2007
Installation view for No Light Stands Alone, 2007
Press Release: No Light Stands Alone
Helen Pitt Gallery: Back Gallery
Saturday, June 30 to Saturday, July 28, 2007
Like the Concrete Poet who tries to make words look like other things, Tegan Moore has set out in No Light Stands Alone to package light itself. As ambitious as this may seem, her discrete sculptural experiments appear to trap light somewhat less vigorously than the average atom or solar panel, bringing to mind a quasi-scientific approach more akin to wishful thinking than physics. Made from found and manufactured materials, Moore’s forms are contrived and geometric—clunky yet exquisite—offering us a palpable sense of her continuing research, even as the hidden glory of things is miraculously exposed.
Different from detournement, where objects are reused or appropriated to undermine an original message or purpose, Moore’s pairings of light and object instead elicit an inborn sense of camaraderie between constituent parts. Dramatic oppositions like real and unreal, the authentic and the fabricated, may be implicit, but here seem played down to favor a more earnest, meticulously-crafted, take on our basic, indexical relationship to nature and natural phenomena. In this sense, Moore’s sculptures perform the noble duty of poetics first and critique second, for if plastic and foam can approximate sunlight through the trees, or a cooler stand-in for a glacier, then surely one’s disbelief has already been suspended enough to ignore a latent critique of consumer goods (if one does indeed exist). One is reminded instead of an electrician, with voltmeter in one hand and a copy of Thoreau’s Walden in the other, dutifully testing sockets to bring about a revolution.
Device for Packing Rainbows
polyester umbrella material, paper, matte board
35 " x 50" x 6.5"
|Replacement Part for Iceberg|
Trials in Shaping a Gleam #1: Sun Streaming Project Board
corrugated plastic, installed on table and window
Trials in Shaping a Gleam #1: Sun Streaming Project Board (detail)
Fill-Polar-Air and Extruded Light Pillar, together for some time and protected by the edge.
inflatable packaging, Styrofoam, extruded polystyrene insulation
6’ x 4.5’ x 8’
Extruded Light Pillar (detail)
Surface Protection for Underwater Imaginations
protective film, glass
extruded polystyrene foam
11” x 8” x 7”
How Hard We Make Soft
wood, shrink film, inflatable packaging, reflective glass beads
28” x 21” x 14”
Holding Light Value Storage