Italian artist Carlo Bernardini creates breath taking geometric light installations using fiber optics.
He has been using fiber optics as a medium of artistic creation since 1996, to transform dark spaces into abstract illuminated works of art. His site specific installations are based on geometric forms featuring lines of light which are passing through walls, floors and facades, or are seen floating between buildings.
Carlo Bernardini’s innovative technique combines light with darkness and the tangible with the intangible. His creations are forming a unique relationship within the surrounding space, which redefines our perception of light and space. Each installation has its own precise viewpoint, from which it can be seen as a two-dimensional rhomboidal form. Carlo Bernardini also builds stunning sculptures (many of them in public places) which are a combination of a stainless steel framework and his signature illuminated lines.
“Paper is simply paper as long as it is white, but once you draw on it, it becomes ‘a drawing’. A design in light is a mental drawing that uses dark space. Fiber optic drawings are in harmony with the place itself, the light creating an interrelation by overcoming the physical walls and transforming the environment in a deceptive way, pushing it to the limits of an illusionary dimension. An imaginary drawing, executed with the light of optical fiber, can go beyond the walls, where the wholeness can only be reconstructed as a puzzle in the viewer’s mind. The installation takes over the space and incorporates it. Spatial forms develop a challenging relationship within the space as the optical fiber line passes from room to room piercing the walls and the floors, combining the external environment with the internal one: ‘Permeable space’, the place where light generates space.” – Carlo Bernardini