If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know I have covered my experiences with Wonderspaces many time before. The show started in my home town of San Diego as summer pop-up art show, but the pandemic at least temporarily has restricted its full return to California…and man have I missed it. They have permanent location in a few cities including Phoenix and when we decided to go to Scottsdale for few days I knew this would be on the itinerary. I was very excited that the caliber of art installations are as high as ever and the immersive ones are fully enveloping and magical. The transporting nature of the featured spaces was always what I loved most about it and it didn’t disappoint. The wonderful people at Wonderspaces AZ let me shoot with my new photographer friend Ashley to capture the trip and I highlighted my three favorites below. I’ll be sharing all of the installations we shot on my Instagram Polychromist periodically so head over there to follow if you don’t already.
LIGHT LEAKS by Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan
Fifty mirror balls reflect light, filling the space with small reflections and patterns that fill the visitor’s peripheral vision. Light Leaks creates an environment that alternates between meditative and unexpected. It’s an experiment in combining a found object with computer vision to create a profound and unusual experience. (from Wonderspaces’ website)
GLITCHE by Masary Studios
Glitche derives from the idea of a glitch, error, or unexpected malfunction in a system. The piece emulates refractions of this common human experience feature and places it into an immersive 14-minute experience composed of animation, sound, light, and sculpture. MASARY Studios is an interdisciplinary artist collective reconsidering environments through site-specific installations using sound, light, interactivity, and performance. (from Wonderspaces’ website)
PARASTELLA by Christopher Schardt
Parastella by Christopher Schardt is made of approximately 14,000 LEDs in 48 spokes suspended above you. The patterns generated from Hubble photographs, videos, and computer algorithms are accompanied by ambient electronic music by Ascendant courtesy of Synphaera. The mesmerizing setting and comfortable space are intended for you to relax and contemplate. (from Wonderspaces’ website)