Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Check out this light show

By Meredith Deliso

Let there be light.

Fans of the French artist Thierry Dreyfus are in for a treat this month, as the acclaimed light designer launches his first solo show in America on Dec. 25 at Invisible Dog.

“(Naked) Absence — (Blinding) Presence … (dis)appearances” is almost modest in comparison to Dreyfus’s most recent works, which include illuminating such iconic pieces of architecture as Grand Palais, a historical monument located at the base of the Champs Elysées; the Château de Versailles; and the Notre Dame de Paris.

Still, the work at the Invisible Dog will be as grand as the space allows. On the ground floor of the Cobble Hill gallery, he’ll install eight large mirrors, reflecting ourselves, of course, as well as a sculpture with a timed light installation. In the basement will be a photography exhibition, though the draw will surely be the artist’s work with optics.

“Light doesn’t have words. It does not speak intellectually. 

It’s pure emotion,” said Dreyfus of his inspiration. “[It’s] emotional by nature; so is the intrinsic meaning of the installation I have created at the Invisible Dog.”

“(Naked) Absence — (Blinding) Presence … (dis)appearances” at Invisible Dog (51 Bergen St. between Smith Street and Boerum Place in Cobble Hill, no phone), Dec. 25-Feb. 20 (opening dinner on Dec. 24 at 6:30 pm, tickets $50). For info, visit


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