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In his exhibition “Lightforms Continuum,” unveiled in Brussels at the Bodson Gallery, Rafael Y. Herman presents a new series of photographs, bringing his own study of light as a physical element to another level.

Ensuring continuity with his previous project “Bereshit – Genesis” (2006), which portrayed trees of the Negev desert using the moonlight as the only source of light, Herman’s main idea remains to make the invisible perceptible to the naked eye. By using a long-exposure original technique, Herman makes us discover the entangled threads of light and thus, the real nature and power of light beams.

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In this new series, warm and cold, straight and bent are juxtaposed to highlight the complexity of “what lies beyond.” The show includes seven works that were shot in Naples, Venice, Versailles, and Paris at the Napoleon Apartments of the Louvre. All are presented as hand-made light boxes with LED lights strategically placed by the artist inside each. “It’s painting with light from the inside…a play of foreground and background of light,” said Herman.

The artist sought inspiration from famous artists like Van Gogh and Umberto Boccioni but through his work, Herman is also paying homage to the scientific discoveries of the likes of Chrisitaan Huygens and Albert Einstein: his work defines the power of light as a pragmatic yet secret and metaphysical process.

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“Lightforms Continuum” is on view through October 5, 2013.

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