Gali May Lucas is a British artist and along with sculptor Karoline Hinz, she crafted a group of sculptures, showcasing individuals devoted to their smartphone with gentle lighting illuminating their faces. The installation is named Absorbed by Light and the artist states she wished to create something that almost everyone can relate to.
The Amsterdam Light Festival is among the most significant light festivals in Europe, organised yearly since 2012. In the winter season, artists from across the world get involved in the festival, creating exceptional light exhibitions that inspire and enlighten both its visitors and fellow artists.
In this particular point in time, a great deal of our time is spent on our smartphone. It appears as though we would rather waste time on our devices than spending precious time with our friends and family. It is very clear that our infatuation with technology is getting out of hand and it occasionally has an effect on our relationship with our loved ones.
“Cycling to work in the mornings, I see people lost in the light of their mobile phones. On park benches, on the tram, in restaurants – no one talks to each other anymore. The white light and white noise is a bit eerie if you look at it in a certain way – and you’ll see this come through strongly in the final work,” says Gali.
The installation, which is located just outside the Hermitage Amsterdam, offers an arresting commentary on “how we’re constantly drawn to the screens that illuminate our lives; yet the light that brings us information also draws us away from the tangible world”.
British artist Gali May Lucas graduated from Falmouth University in Cornwall as a graphic designer. She has been living in Amsterdam for the past three years while working for international brand design agency Design Bridge.
Simple, iconic and atmospheric, the sculpture is set to become this year’s most ‘Instagrammable’ sculpture, not without irony. The Amsterdam Light Festival takes place until January 20th 2019.