Light and Science Equals Art

KANEKO and interactive display or another don’t touch the art exhibit


Courtesy of Nicole Gonzales

Down the Rabbit Hole

Mackenzie Gonzales, Staff Writer

Scrolling through Instagram one day and my attention was instantly drawn to a picture a fellow classmate had posted: the subject of the photo, a glass sculpture lit up blue and purple, positioned in an “X.”

Naturally, I became curious as to where these light and glass sculptures could be found. The source of the fixtures was a place hidden away downtown on 1111 Jones St. called KANEKO.

Currently being featured at KANEKO is the exhibit “light.” Free to the public people can visit “light” from Dec 5, 2017 to Mar. 23, 2018. The display relies heavily on visitor interaction. Their mission is to explore and encourage creativity.

The exhibit boasts and interactive way to enhance the visitor’s creativity through light and science. However, there was only one piece on display that was interactive; a giant version of the popular Lite-Brite from the 90’s.

The building had two floors with displays. On the first floor visitors can find a open room with the popular glass sculptures everyone seems to be Instagram obsessed with and constantly uploading aesthetically pleasing posts to their feed. These structures change color and make different at varying intensities depending on visitor movement.

Another piece is a canvas with a single light shining on it; nothing else. The giant Lite-Brite can also be found on this level. Visitors could also view abstract, ceramic sculptures made by the founder, Jun Kaneko.

Another main display is the “Infinity Room.” This would probably be the only other display I would consider being semi-interactive. Visitors can enter the room to experience an all around laser show. I was slightly disappointed with my visit due to the fact that the “Infinity Room” was closed for repairs.

KANEKO visitors can go upstairs for more light art. The upper level gallery goers can view larger than life flowers that change colors. There is also a stainless steel dome you can enter to watch ever changing color panels.

Overall, “light” was an interesting exhibit with an out of the box approach to art. Although I do believe KANEKO’s “light” was a bit overhyped.