In 2001, introduced , a collection of works that mimics the nighttime glow of half-occupied skyscrapers. Inspired by evening strolls through cities, the lights are scaled to the floor plate of the —a proposal Gagnon worked on while cutting his teeth at . The designer will transform Los Angeles’s gallery into a miniature cityscape of floor lamps for "Material Relations," on view February 8 to April 7.
The exhibition marks the debut of Light Stacks, a series that explores various light temperatures. “I loved seeing the fluorescent fixtures create a subtle change in light between floors,” says Gagnon, who recreates these variations with materials like brass, polished aluminum, white oak, yellow pine, concrete, and painted MDF. A custom LED stick illuminates each of the 13 slender lamps—many limited edition—which range from 18 to 74 inches tall. “The biggest challenge is deciding when a particular light is finished,” he says. “It’s tempting to keep rearranging layers in search of more interesting combinations.”
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