Le pigment de la lumière
Heidi Specker/Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau/Olaf Nicolai

48 pp.
35 color plates
japanese binding

Leipzig February, 2015
ISBN: 9783944669588
Edition Number: 1

Width: 20.5 cm
Length: 27 cm


Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

Heidi Specker, Olaf Nicolai

Helmut Völter

Olaf Nicolai developed the work »Le pigment de la lumière« for the reconstructed Master’s Houses in Dessau. It involved coating the walls with marble dust with varying degrees of granulation to create a geometrical pattern, thus producing a subtle relief that responds to the changing light conditions. In this work, Nicolai continues to pursue his artistic interest in grappling with the formal concept of camouflage, since, to begin with, the wall surfaces are almost invisible to the viewer. Heidi Specker gives »Le pigment de la lumière« a heightened sense of presence in her photography. Her pictures direct the gaze of the viewer to the contouring and the interplay of surface and space—a reflective phenomenon that is a calculated part of Nicolai’s wall surfaces. In Nicolai and Specker’s joint publication, an aesthetic intervention in the reconstructed space is further extrapolated using the medium of photography presented in book form.