Capturing light

Paul Cocksedge's solo exhibition explores the mediums of light and structure, creating though-provoking and unexpected works.

Known for exploring the limits of technology, materials and manufacturing capabilities, Paul Cocksedge’s first solo exhibition showcases designs which push the mediums of light and structure.

The Paul Cocksedge: CAPTURE exhibition presents work conceived by the designer over the last four years alongside new concepts informed by his studio’s commitment to technological ingenuity, expanding the boundaries of physics, and the creation of works that are both thought-provoking and unexpected.

A large-scale light installation; “Capture”, a collection of dramatic, seemingly impossible hand-wrought dome lamps, and “Poised”, a series of unyielding steel tables inspired by the delicacy of paper, form the exhibition.

“Capture” is a hand-spun aluminium dome that appears to hold the peaceful glow of a warm white light. The piece is informed by a process of reduction, a recurring theme in Cocksedge’s work, as it subtracts the typical infrastructure around the light, instead creating a hemisphere that seems to stop light from escaping. “Capture” is displayed in the centre of the exhibition as the focal point. The ceiling slowly fades from a spectrum of colours to a warm white light, while the room itself remains unchanged, demonstrating the ways in which we do and do not perceive the interplay of colour and light.

The inspiration for “Poised" comes from the elegance and amenability of paper. Cocksedge explored gravity, mass and equilibrium for its construction resulting in a table that looks as though its about to fall, but is perfectly weighted and stable.

In addition to these new works, the designer is also presenting three architectural models, which appreciate the ways in which people respond to and interact with his work.

Paul Cocksedge: CAPTURE is presented by Friedman Benda Gallery and is on display until 12 October 2013 in New York City.