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Wireframe traces the Khyber’s Ballroom Gallery

Scott Rogers’ new installation uses glow-in-the-dark tape to highlight the detail in architecture.

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Walking into the Khyber’s Ballroom Gallery first yields a stark white landscape: Bright lights sit on the floor facing the ceiling, illuminating the bare white walls and floor. Turn the lights off, and you’re transported: Photo-luminescent tape glows from the contours of the room, highlighting the moulding, electrical outlets, sprinkler pipes, arches and exit sign like a glow-in-the-dark colouring book, radiating neon green in contrast to the darkness that envelops the rest of the space. Artist Scott Rogers chose to exhibit his work, Wireframe, at the Khyber because of the building’s architectural detail. “Wireframe is designed as a system which reveals the uniqueness of architectural spaces and creates an immersive environment for the gallery visitors,” writes Rogers. “I thought the space, with its history as a gallery, venue and gymnasium, along with its interior details, would work exceptionally well for the project.” Rogers, interested in the way architectural spaces contribute to our experiences, has also installed Wireframe at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, Stride Gallery in Calgary and A1C Gallery in St. John’s. With inspiration from the set of Tron, you’ll find yourself wanting to mark photo-luminescent tape all over your living room.

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