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Alien Monoliths: Art by Dan Corson

An outdoor sculpture with several monolithic structures lit with coloured LEDsNepenthes Paisleyi, painted fibreglass, steel, LED's, sensors, GFRC

Public and installation artist Dan Corson creates large indoor and outdoor forms that look like alien monoliths. Often using curved, bulbous shapes and incorporating coloured lights, Corson’s installations are thoroughly modern.


In his indoor installation works, Corson plays with the space of the gallery itself, using lighting structures and phosphorescent materials to induce an otherworldly glow. In one work, he paints a wall with light-reactive material. When a laser is projected onto the wall it creates bizarre geometric shapes and waves that appear only because the material, and our eyes, create ghostly repetitions of the light that was once there.


A laser projection on a phosphorescent wallDecay, phosphorescent doped wall, laser system, control, programming and safety system

In standing installation works, Corson uses moving sheets of phosphorescent materials to create wave forms that are ethereal yet exist in real life in the gallery. His outdoor installations tend to be a lot more solid, and are just as easily public art as they are crash-landed UFOs. 


An installation with phosphorescent fabric and light beamsHomage to Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, fluorescent materials, steel, motors, autotransformers, theatrical filters

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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