A solo exhibition of works by the late artist and architect Simon Ungers is on display at the Gering & López Gallery in NYC.
Simon Ungers, Light Works Museum, three renderings mounted to glass, one drawing mounted to glass, 1 DVD, 2005-2009.
Simon Ungers matured his aesthetic early on in post-war Germany. It was a place mired in the task of rebuilding, forgetting and trying to remember. When the human spirit is forlorn, survival depends on extraordinary signs of hope to continue. Ungers found his release through visionary architecture and sculptural works that pine for a better place.
Simon Ungers, Column (in Light), photograph printed on vinyl, 2009.
The bulk of the exhibition is made up of two-dimensional renderings of Ungers’ light works. This imagery allows the viewer to explore the sculptures in ideal settings at carefully conceived angles.
The highlight of the show centers on the large piece, “Light Installation” (below). Before his passing in 2006, Simon Ungers envisioned exhibiting the large work in the gallery’s Chelsea space. This show represents the fulfillment of his desire. The large columns of light and their placement evoke several architectural concerns. They are at once atrium and nave with specific reference to support. It’s certainly a passage worth taking in person.
Simon Ungers, Light Installation, acrylic, steel, fluorescent light fixtures, installation view, 2001.
17 September – 31 October 2009
Gering & López Gallery