This month’s 12×12 exhibition at MCA features several artists, including Tiffany Holmes. Holmes created her project, “darkSky,” to visually illustrate usage and consumption of light. Visitors can interact with the exhibit by turning on and off twenty-seven lamps and twenty-seven bulbs in a single room. By doing so, the show’s curator, Tricia Van Eck, explains, “Plasma screens (linked to the lamps’ electrical circuit) show usage of light.” The lights in the exhibit go on or off depending on the public. When asked about the bill for the exhibit (which isn’t expensive since the exhibit uses two circuits and lasts for only one month), Van Eck says “the piece is less about money and more of an eco-visualization to show people that turning on and off light bulbs has consequences.” She continues, “Each decision we make has consequences, even something as simple as turning on a light. We wanted to visually show that.”
“darkSky” closes tomorrow at MCA, so get moving. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago.