Portable Light

Amy Lemaire, Ian Burns

How can sculpture actively respond to the body or the environment? What can be discovered by making light sculpture mobile?

During this course, we will explore the possibilities of using flameworked glass in conjunction with neon, plasma, and LEDs. We will use a small scale battery controlled microprocessor (Arduino) to control and change these light sculptures in response to sound, temperature, ambient light, heartbeat, movement, etc. via stress sensors, making them responsive to their environs. Possibilities for student projects include wearable or portable (battery powered) sculpture, maquettes for larger work, responsive light experiments, and more. Some experience may be helpful, but all levels are welcome.

This class is being offered as part of our 40 for 40 series, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of UrbanGlass.

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Class Schedule
  • Weekly Class | 6 Sessions: May 14 — June 18
    Sundays, 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Amy Lemaire

Amy Lemaire is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she studied painting and contemporary art. 

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Ian Burns

Ian Burns’ practice critiques the growing technological realm in works that provoke curiosity, empathy and humor through investigations of spectacle, humor and inventiveness that reveal subtle lines between the ridiculous and the poetic.

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