Paul Friedlander’s Light Harp is a collection of heavy black cords stretched taught horizontally across a frame and set in vibration. Since the amplitude of the waves is large, the audience sees not a string but a translucent volume swept out in space by the vibrating movement. These strings are lit with chromastrobic light, a special form of light that changes colour faster than the eye can see.
Paul Friedlander is a scientific artist and a light sculptor with a degree in physics and maths from Sussex University. His works use persistence of vision, a property of how light is perceived combined with movement to create a three dimensional kinetic body of light in sculptural form that is both beautiful and interactive. Internationally exhibited at art and science museums and festivals.
In 1998 his piece 'Dark Matter' shown in New York at The New York Hall of Science was a winner of an international competition organised by ASCI, Arts Science Collaborators Incorporated for works of interactive art in new media on a monumental scale. ‘Dark Matter’ also received the 'USHIO America Award for Innovation'.
One of his most notable exhibitions 'Timeless Universe' (2006) shown in Valencia at Sala Parpalló gallery, was inspired by the theory of English cosmologist, Julian Barbour that time does not exist. It was composed of 30 pieces varying in shape and size in a darkened tunnel like space illuminated by a combination of chromastrobic lights, stage lights and video. Friedlander's Projections were generated by computers in real time.
Group shows include SoulsandMachines (2008), at Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art, Madrid curated by ARTFUTURA directors Montxo Algora and Jose Luis de Vicente where he showed among other such notables as Theo Jansen, Sachiko Kodama, David Byrne, David Hanson and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
Paul Friedlander continues to show his light sculptures around the world in art and science museums and festivals. His work has been shown in four continents and fifteen countries.
Awards: USHIO America Award for Innovation, 1998; Winner of LIGHTFORMS in New York, 1998; Winner Kinetic Art Organisation Prize, 2003 and 2004.