Illuminant 2010

Yuki Nakamura’s porcelain light bulbs, cast in antique and contemporary forms, are ruminations on light, beauty, and the history of invention and obsolescence. Nakamura’s evocative installations create a new landscape of an electric world. Transformed into porcelain skins and animated projections of filaments, her light bulbs are a captivating investigation of texture, shape, and volume as well as the contrast between the bulb’s surface the exterior light source. These delicate sculptures not only play with the cultural allusions of this form, but refocus our attention on the fragility of this everyday object.