Luftwerk’s Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero draw inspiration from color theorists in SHIFT.
Luftwerk’s Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero draw inspiration from color theorists in SHIFT.
October 25

Immersive Installations by Alumni Duo Explore the Nuances of Color

The November issue of Chicago Life magazine, distributed in the October 12 issue of the New York Times in Chicagoland, profiles Luftwerk, a collaborative formed in 2007 by new media and video artists Petra Bachmaier (BFA 2009) and Sean Gallero (BFA 2009). As explained in their recent SAIC video profile, Luftwerk references Bauhaus objectives through multimedia installations that remix visual elements of light with sculptural aspects of architecture and design. SHIFT, their immersive three-part installation at the Chicago Cultural Center through January 5, explores the theories and principles of color through video, light, and sound. Inspired by Bauhaus master Johannes Itten's color wheel, the installation uses moving light projected through 509 painted panels to create more than 3,000 tones of red, blue, and yellow. “Both of us had never painted before, but were interested in the pure experience of color combined with light, and how our perception shifts and changes depending on the hue of light interacting with color.” says Bachmaier. “The color wheel was our template for the design of the piece and the actual color mixing process. In general, the work is inspired by color theorists and applies intuitive exploration.”