Los Angeles

Brian Eno

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The latest of Brian Eno’s light-and-sound installations immerses viewers in an environment of radiant images and ambient sound. “Latest Flames,” 1988, is a series of seven more or less discrete video sculptures—arrangements of television monitors set within structures of translucent foamcore and programed to generate constantly shifting color spectra—and an accompanying envelope of soft, melodic synthesizer tones. Five pieces are sited along the side and rear walls of a large square gallery; two others are set within smaller adjoining alcoves. The installation is lit only by the glow from the sculptures, and the gallery walls have been covered in black cloth to further darken the space. These curtains also help to deaden echoes, and the result is an environment cleansed of sensory detritus, in which Eno’s seamless, textural syntheses engender a kind of vaguely ecclesiastical experience.

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