Hiromi Takizawa's ULTRAVIOLET Illuminations
When artist Hiromi Takizawa proposed a site-specific installation for the Culver Center of the Arts at UCR ARTSblock, she not only took in consideration the building's storefront window and its raw characteristics but also the distinct time of the year when the early autumn climate dictates the mood and appearance of the entire city block. The end product is a project called "ULTRAVIOLET," an installation that observes the role of light in architectural and environmental spaces.
Takizawa's work explores her Japanese heritage that merges into her encounters with the nuances and oddities living in the West. She intermingles these dualities into a dialog using light as the impetus for her work. She continues her fascination with temporal duality by connecting neon as material and subject into two separate environments controlled in one space where the viewer is invited to experience the work inside and outside of the building. As a result, "ULTRAVIOLET" operates as part sculpture and part installation instilling the aesthetic of the 1960s minimalist light and space movement.