Water Tree

The Light Tree by light artist Jen Lewin illuminated in Vail, Colorado
Light artist Jen Lewin assembles on the Light Tree
The Light Tree by light artist Jen Lewin illuminated in Vail, Colorado
The Light Tree by light artist Jen Lewin glows blue
The Light Tree by light artist Jen Lewin glows green
The Light Tree by light artist Jen Lewin glows yellow
The Light Tree by light artist Jen Lewin glows orange

Location
Water Tree- 2010

The Water Tree is a sculpture by Denver-based artist Lawrence Argent.

Lawrence Argent approached me in the fall of 2009 after seeing my interactive light sculpture The Pool. He asked if I could create, design and install a similar LED lighting system in his sculpture, The Water Tree. The Water tree is composed of 52 fiberglass wireless, organic, LED forms.

Lawrence Argent    |    Jen Lewin     |     Kreysler & Associates


Paint Torch by Claes Oldenburg

The Paint Torch in Philadelphia, lighting by female artist Jen Lewin
The Paint Torch in Philadelphia, lighting by female artist Jen Lewin
Light artist Jen Lewin works on the Paint Torch
Light artist Jen Lewin and Claes Oldenburg
The Paint Torch in Philadelphia, lighting by female artist Jen Lewin
The Paint Torch in Philadelphia, lighting by female artist Jen Lewin

Location
Paint Torch

Paint Torch is a permanent outdoor sculpture by Claes Oldenburg.

In 2010, Oldenburg and I met to discuss ways to elegantly incorporate technology and illumination within his proposed piece The Paint Torch. He had been inspired by some of my artwork, in particular, several illuminated pieces I created with Kreysler and Associates. We began working together almost immediately, spending over 12 months developing the subtle, yet elegant internal ‘glow’ you now see within the piece.

Claes Oldenburg    |    Jen Lewin     |     Kreysler & Associates


The Long Harp


The Long Harp – 2004

Long Harp is a traveling indoor 60 string light sculpture created in 2004 and designed for public play. Each of my light strings in the Long Harp can sense user movement, speed and tempo. Each string mixes its own library of sound to create a depth and tone that compliments public activity and random musical play.

The Long Harp is part of Lewin’s Laser Harp Series. Her Laser Harp series is an evolution of immersive installations using movement and laser light to trigger sound.

Grants, Awards & exhibits

Exhibits
2012 La Napoule Art Foundation: Denver
2011 Light Supply, Museum of Outdoor Arts: Denver
2009 Tesla Store Opening: Boulder
2007 Wired NextFest: Los Angeles
2007 GwangJu Design Biennale: Gwangju
2006 Wired NextFest: New York City


The Arc Harps

The Arc Harps by Jen Lewin at Burning Man in 2005
The Arc Harps by Jen Lewin at Burning Man in 2005
The Arc Harps by Jen Lewin at Burning Man in 2005
The Arc Harps by Jen Lewin at Burning Man in 2005

The Arc harps – 2005

Created in 2005, The Arc Harp is an outdoor 60 string light sculpture designed for public play and is inherently interactive. The best part about seeing the Arc Harp in public is that you have moments when crowds flock to it and people start to play independently.  In the group’s chaotic activity the piece comes to life as if everyone were unknowingly participating in a musical symphony. Each of the light strings in the Arc Harp can sense user movement, speed and tempo. Each string will mix its own library of sounds to create a depth and tone that compliments public activity and random or organized musical play.

The Laser Harp Series is an evolution of immersive installations using movement and laser light to trigger sound. Lewin has been creating light harps since the mid 1990′s. These harps have varied from art installations, stage and performance installations, and large outdoor sculptures.

Grants, Awards & exhibits

Grants
2012 Burning Man Honorarium
2006 Burning Man Honorarium

Exhibits
2012 Burning Man: Black Rock City
2009 New Orleans Botanical Garden
2009 Voodoo Festival: New Orleans
2007 Burning Man: Black Rock City
2007 Ingenuity: Cleveland
2006 Wired NextFest: New York City
2006 CU Art Museum: Boulder
2006 Burning Man: Black Rock City


The Kitchen


Location
The Kitchen

Jen Lewin acted as part owner and was the original designer and architect of The Kitchen Boulder, The Upstairs, The Next Door (Boulder) and The Kitchen Denver.  Working directly with partners Kimbal Musk and Hugo Matheson, Lewin helped to create what became the unique “Kitchen Style“. Like all of Lewin’s work, The Kitchen restaurants were designed to facilitate community,  with a large community tables as the heart for each space.
Lewin also hand made much of the restaurants original decor, including all of the custom lighting.


Moths 2008

The orb glows as someone interacts with The Moths by Jen Lewin
The glowing body of one of The Moths by Jen Lewin
A child reaches up towards the glowing orb of one of the Moths by Jen Lewin
Two hands rest on one of the glowing orbs of The Moths by Jen Lewin
The Moths by light artist Jen Lewin are assembled

Grants, Awards & exhibits

Exhibits
2009  City Hall: National City (Permanent)
2008  Atlas Center:  Boulder

Moths – 2008

Moths are three soft interactive robotic forms that are charged to movement by human connection. Moths are a participatory art piece; only by stopping and connecting physically do they come to life. The longer one stays, the longer the moth will continue to move even when the viewer leaves. Moths speak to light, to community, to gathering, and have an open ethereal dream like quality that will gracefully dance and glow in space.


Nova

Nova by light artist Jen Lewin on display
The central body of Nova by light artist Jen Lewin
Wings glow behind the body of Nova by light artist Jen Lewin

Location
Nova – 2016

Imagine a future where fluid transformation is prevalent. A future where boundaries between art, material, function and the human form stretch, blend and take new shape. The butterfly is a classical reference to metamorphosis. By creating something that blends humanity and art, another transformation takes shape. Nova takes art off the walls and into the world. This wearable installation speaks to light, to community, to gathering, and has an open ethereal dream like quality that gracefully dances and glows. From person to butterfly, from individual to art, this convergence is a conversation already happening in worldwide culture. Nova is meant to inspire graceful changes in the way we think about our relationship with technology and with each other.


Butterfly

The silk painted wings of The Butterfly by light artist Jen Lewin
The wings of the Butterfly by light artist Jen Lewin
The Butterfly on display by light artist Jen Lewin
Light artist Jen Lewin interacting with her work Butterfly
Circuits and silk painted wings of Butterfly by light artist Jen Lewin

Butterfly – 1999

Butterfly is a 10′ tall handmade interactive silk creature that moves and lights in response to human closeness. Approaching Butterfly ‘wakes it up’ and causes it to react to you with movement – each wing has 6 different areas that can sense human movement. As you move closer to a wing, it will move away from you at the same speed of your movement. Through curious interactions you can dance and play with a larger than life silk butterfly.

Each butterfly wing is a synthesis of silk, paint, and electronics. The wings are controlled by specially designed and printed circuit boards and analog proximity circuits cut to fit within the painted silk. Woven LEDS run from these boards throughout the painted wings, lighting up in animation as a user is near.

The eye piece is composed of 2 lenses, a small TV screen and hidden video camera that captures and projects the user. From afar, the piece glows with abstract pixels that resemble the curvature of an actual insect eye. Only when up close (very close) do you begin to see actual shapes in the lens….. on closer inspection these shapes become eyes, and even closer, you realize the eyes are your own.

GRANTS, AWARDS & EXHIBITS

2006  Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art: Boulder
2002  ITP Gallery New York University: New York City
2002-Current Lewin Private Collection


Light Curtain

The Light Curtain by light artist Jen Lewin
The Light Curtain by light artist Jen Lewin

Light Curtain – 2005

Light Curtain is a private piece commissioned to create an illuminated threshold. Light Curtain is created from hand woven fibers and LEDS that reflects light and movement in its environment.


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