A pioneer in the use of LEDs and computer-driven imagery, Leo Villareal is increasingly renowned for his light sculptures and architectural, site-specific works. With more than fifteen sculptures and installations, Leo Villareal is the artist’s first major traveling museum survey. The exhibition was organized by the San Jose Museum of Art.
Because of their scale (works in the exhibition are up to twenty feet wide) and their mesmerizing movement of light and color, the works on view have a profound, immersive quality. The exhibition traces the artist’s career over the past decade, from his earliest experimental sequencing of strobe lights to his recent hypnotic patterning of thousands of pinpoint LEDs. Often inspired by natural phenomenon such as clouds and sunsets, Villareal’s works have been compared to a “holodeck Giverny” (The New York Times), and “fireworks, flashes of lightning, even fireflies” (Art in America).
Leo Villareal will be on view in the museum’s main galleries.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art will be closed December 24 & 25