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All Aglow

Anh-Minh Le | August 23, 2018 | Lifestyle Story Culture National

Speaking about his upcoming exhibition, Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light, the British artist notes that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” While he’s referring specifically to the team effort required to execute his large-scale concepts, the axiom also holds true for the installations themselves, which involve thousands of points of light that conjure an illuminated wonderland. “It’s painting without brushes,” says Munro. “It’s painting with the medium of light”—primarily LEDs and fiber optic cables. Later this month, on-site preparation at Montalvo Arts Center gets underway for his inaugural public show on the West Coast, which will be on view Oct. 28 through March 17. With 10 of his works spread across the 175-acre estate, it’s the most ever on display in one place. During his initial visit to the Saratoga institution a couple of years ago, the gardens and historic villa “evoked a deja vu feeling. ... It was Narnia calling!” he says of the literary inspiration for the exhibition. The villa’s stained-glass window with a ship motif brought to mind the Dawn Treader, the titular vessel in the third book in C.S. Lewis’ series of seven. Like the fantasy novels, Stories in Light will no doubt transport visitors to an otherworldly realm and, says Munro, “hopefully inspire the imagination.”

Originally published in the September issue of Silicon Valley

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