Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Scoop Homes and Art 36 Contents More than ever, artists have become global citizens who
seek out opportunities to make works and engage
audiences in different spaces around the world.
For Perth-born artist and lighting designer Flynn Talbot, 2013
involves a return to his studio in Berlin (he has a second studio
in Perth), where he will manage projects in Milan, London and
Melbourne. His resume from the past decade reads as an atlas
compendium, with no signs of slowing – he’s already pencilled
in the Light + Building Fair in Frankfurt for 2014.
Since completing his Advanced Diploma in Industrial Design
at the Western Australian School of Art and Design in 2001, he
has been nominated as the Philips/PLDA young lighting designer
of the year in 2010, won the lighting design competition for St
Peter’s Church in Frankfurt (also in 2010), and was runner-up
in the 2011 Bombay Sapphire Awards in Sydney. Along the way,
his X&Y lamp has been shown at Ventura Lambrate during Milan
Design Week, at Paris’ Maison & Objet, at the inaugural Qubique
in Berlin, and it was nominated among Monocle magazine’s top
products from Milan 2011. Global in every sense!
His X&Y is a strange hybrid. More an artwork than a simple
lamp, it produces a range of lighting effects simply by interacting
with the spherical glass ball sitting on its polished brass ring.
Moving it along its X and Y axes changes its luminosity or colour,
allowing the viewer a chance to model and shape the light.
Light changes our emotional and physical landscape whether
in domestic situations or larger social arenas, and his Horizon
project echoes the changing light at the end of day with
horizontal bands of colour that evoke twilight projected onto
a tight membrane wall. Like X&Y, Horizon is an interactive
work that provides viewers with the opportunity to change the
colours by manipulating the program with their mobile phones
or through touch-screen technology.
The opportunity to work on a larger scale has opened up new
possibilities, and his major public illumination of St Peter’s
Church in Frankfurt allowed him to create glowing clouds that
hovered above its roof... until the police forced him to turn
it off after receiving so many calls that the church was on fire.
With his first permanent light installation soon to be displayed
in a building foyer in Subiaco, his participation in Nest at
Melboune’s DesignEx in May, and a possible exhibition in Milan
in April, it’s clear that Flynn Talbot is on the move.
ARTIST TO WATCH
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