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FIAT LUX — a Latin phrase meaning “Let there be light” — is a collaborative project by multimedia artist and photographer Lénaïc G. Mercier, and internationally acclaimed painter Chantal Westby, that doesn’t confine itself to photographs and paintings alone, but realizes through this site-specific installation an entirely immersive experience, at once utopian and intimate.

 

Developed by the two French artists in New York City, this installation is a study in process, where the character-driven photography of Mercier reflects on the creative practice of Westby, intimately detailing the stages of development 

involved in Westby’s use of Chinese inks and natural mineral pigments to form figures, lines, and shapes.

Incorporating not only pictorial methods, but scents and sounds as well, “FIAT#LUX - The Immersive Exhibition” is a unique take on the compartmentally separated genres of painting and photography, bringing both to life in a way that would be impossible if not for the overlapping of several media.

 

The result is a thoroughly enveloping experience, where viewers use not only their eyes, but the full range of their senses to participate in the scenes Westby creates. As Mercier’s photographs capture the embodied labor that goes into creating Westby’s impassioned, often surreal brand of art, the documentarian lens of his camera is taken to its limit, focusing not simply on recording a moment, but on retracing the emergence of a process — one that has as much to do with an artist working in her studio as with the productive imagination from which her artwork stems.

 

As suggested by the title, “FIAT#LUX” makes the private public, bringing to light the invisible history that goes into making a work of art. The way the artists have chosen to make the underbelly of an artwork visible is by transposing both painting and photography onto the plane of another medium. The techniques underlying documentary photography,

the manual labor that goes into the genesis of a painting, is translated into a digital sensorium: video mapping, a diffusion of lights, as well as music, are all used to expose the operations that tradition, along with aesthetic criticism, customarily conceals.

PAINTINGS

PHOTOGRAPHS

SCULPTURES

FILMS

HOLOGRAMS

SOUNDS

MUSIC

VIDEO MAPPING

SCENTS

PERFORMANCE

...

EEL

The heart of “FIAT#LUX” is to bring the people into an intimate emotional state of mind, of being.

 

Create a personal relationship between art and themsleves and bring them into a universe out of any reality, 

to reconnect them to their own emotions.

 

Make them feel.

 
 
 

MMERSION

The concept of “FIAT#LUX” is to immerse people into the World of Creation.

Once entered into the exhibition, the spectator must be surrounded by art and no any element should bring him back to the reality until he decides to leave.

 

The immersive concept is very important to bring the spectator into a meditative state of mind,

to connect him with art in a very personal and intimate way.

 

Make them react.

The concept of “FIAT#LUX” is to immerse people into the World of Creation.

Once entered into the exhibition, the spectator must be surrounded by art and no any element should bring him back to the reality until he decides to leave.

 

The immersive concept is very important to bring the spectator into a meditative state of mind,

to connect him with art in a very personal and intimate way.

 

Make them react.

ECHNOLOGY

To bring the “FIAT#LUX”  project to reality we need to use some technology:

video projectors, compute sticks, LED lights, scent diffusion machines, wireless sound system, LED screens, blacklight, live interactive systems...

 

To create the illusion, we need all this technical installation to be as invisible as possible.

All those details have been considered from the begining of the project.

 

 

Make them dream.

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LUX#SETIS

by Lénaïc Mercier

Metal Print Photograph

40’’ x 20’’

BEYOND INFINITY 

by Chantal Westby

Painting

Ink and Gold on canvas

40’’ x 30’’

CREATURAE#LUX

by Lénaïc Mercier

Metal Print Photograph

40’’ x 20’’

The essence of “FIAT#LUX” is to mix different kind of art in order to create a new medium.

 

In this installation, every photograph is linked to a painting.

Every multimedia projection and video mapping has been created for, 

inspired by or adapted to a painting or a photograph.

 

The spectator will discover the links between all the pieces during its visit, one after the other, slowly, surely.

 

 

Make them interact.

 

IGHT

Everything in the “FIAT#LUX” project is about light.

 

Chantal Westby is using a special medium on her canvas to make the light reacts on the final painting.

Lénaïc Mercier is using a special technic to shoot his movies and take his photos, playing with the light in his camera.

 

The light is used to bring the paintings to life with their own animations projected on it.

 

The light is the path to create this unreal immersive universe.

 

 

Make them see.

 

NIVERSE

The Universe is in the center of the “FIAT#LUX” project.

 

The very first painting Chantal Westby has made for this project was an interpretation of a black hole.

The entire installation has been designed around this painting.

 

For many years, Lénaïc Mercier is putting Space and Universe in his projects.

 

When we look at the Space, even if it is one of the most beautiful thing we’ve ever saw, there is nothing.

The infinite gigantism and power of Universe should always bring us back to our very small condition into it.

 

We can dream when we look at the shining stars in the sky, but when we look at Earth from the sky,

we should realize how much it is important to take care of our planet. 

 

Our only one planet Earth.

 

 

Make them think.

XL

“FIAT#LUX” is an unlimited and extendable project.

 

 The concept of making art alive has, by definition, no limits.

The New York FIAT#LUX presentation was the first preview of multiple possibilities of installation.

 

In this project, art is a window.

The new version of FIAT#LUX will be presented in multiple rooms.

Each room will awaken a unique sense.

Each awakening will open a door.

 

Our motivation is always to bring the participant to live an exceptional immersive experience where all their senses will be awakened.

An experience of life. Of multiple lives.

 

Make them live.