International Light Art Project

Adriana Kuiper / Ryan Suter

Photo: Nana Tazuke


Museum for Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK), An der Rechtschule, 50667 Cologne


Mixed Media


Adriana Kuiper and Ryan Suter (both Sackville, NB) have collaborated on sculptural and media installations since 2010. They have completed a number of public site-specific works in the Magdalen Islands, QC, Halifax, and In Dawson City, YK. They have exhibited together at the Confederation Centre for the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI; the Kenderdine Art Gallery, SK; and the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, AB. Kuiper completed her BA at the University of Guelph and her MFA at the University of Western Ontario. Her work has been shown across Canada and internationally in Oslo, Norway. She is a professor at Mount Allison University where she teaches sculpture and drawing. Suter is a multi-media artist who holds a BFA from the University of Ottawa and an MFA from the University of Guelph. He has worked as an arts administrator in artist run centres for the past 15 years and has taught a variety of courses at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Mount Allison University. His work has been shown at many artist run centres across Canada.

This work was initially made during a artist-in-residency program in Dawson City, Yukon a town in a very northern area of Canada. They experienced close to 24-hour sunlight in the summer and decided to use burn marks made by magnifying glass lenses to mark a picnic table located at the site.

Magnifying glasses were supported by simple constructions and everyday objects and carefully balanced to be able to locate and focus light from the sun. The constructions were placed on the picnic table at specific angles in order to track the movement of the sun throughout the day. By carefully positioning the convex lens, a focal point of condensed, intense sunlight burns a mark into the surface of the table. The marks left behind resemble an arc or a trail left behind by a comet. Over time these marks repeat and accumulate on the surface of the table and even resemble a drawing of sorts. The multiple marks left behind by this process act as a record of passing time, weather, and the power of the sun. The work is preformed as we constantly participate by moving and place magnifying glasses around the table trying to capture the sun throughout the day.

On occasion of COLLUMINA they will show two comparable projects in Halifax (on occasion of //RESPONSIVE 2019) and in Cologne.


Adriana Kuiper
geboren 1973 in Toronto [ca]
lebt und arbeitet in Sackville, New Brunswick [ca]


Master of Fine Arts, University of Western Ontario, London [ca]

1997 Advanced Studio Program, Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas [ca]
1996 Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, University of Guelph [ca]


Ryan Suter
geboren 1973 in Chatham [ca]
lebt und arbeitet in Sackville, New Brunswick


Master of Fine Arts, University of Guelph

1998 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fotografie, University of Ottawa [ca]


Ausstellungen (Auswahl)


SUNBURN, //RESPONSIVE, International Light Art Project, Halifax [ca]


Magnetic Attraction: Modules and Components, RedHead Gallery, Toronto
Cover, Hermes Gallery, Halifax

2016 Songlines, Ad Mare, Magdalen Islands, Quebéc [ca]

Show and Shine 2, Hermes Gallery, Halifax
Jé-st, Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Université de Moncton, NB [ca]

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