British sculpture artist Ivan Black is an artist with almost two decades of experience in constructing kinetic objects. He has a deep-rooted passion for kinetics and a talent for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. This gift is perfectly illustrated in Nebula Hive, a 1m high x 0.75m wide luminous vortex of kinetic energy that slowly transforms into countless celestial forms, captivating the observer with each twist and turn: this is a traditional chandelier for the 21st century.
For the first time, Dubai’s M.A.D.Gallery is presenting a Nebula Hive limited collection of 18 hand-polished and nickel-plated pieces, created by Black through his lighting sculpture brand INK. Between the motion of this spiralling work of art and the light emanating from it, it's very difficult to resist its allure.
Light in nature creates the movement of colours. ~ Robert Delaunay
Each piece is a labour of love. It underwent countless hours of research and testing and contains more than 2,000 components Black either makes by hand or sources from local British artisans. Each component is machined from solid brass and then hand-polished and nickel-plated prior to assembly. From start to finish, the construction of a Nebula Hive takes approximately 12 weeks.
At first glance, Nebula Hive’s design and cutting-edge lighting commands attention: its luminous qualities fill its surroundings with an untouchable aura. Pushing past the scope of pure illumination, the artist uses the power of mathematics and inspiration from naturally occurring shapes to create a twirling masterpiece of light, art and motion.
Another dimension of Nebula Hive emerges at nightfall when the layered structure recedes into darkness while the glowing lights perform a spectacle as if it were a distant elliptical galaxy of stars. Whether day or night, moving or immobile, Nebula Hive infiltrates the mind’s eye, stimulating the imagination with its dynamism.
For the tech savvy living in a connected home, Nebula Hive connects to a proprietary iOS app to control luminosity, speed, direction, and patterns of rotation with the swipe of a finger. Need to establish a window of time for it to operate independently? No problem: the app is also equipped with a programme-setting function.
Music: Spirit Valley by Dhruva Aliman