You've probably seen the reflective materials that bikers and runners wear to bring attention to themselves in the dark. These materials make use of a technology known as retroreflection. It's used in the reflective arrows on the runway at every airport and many other spots. Retroreflection occurs when light rays are returned in the direction from which they came. Retroreflectivity helps the eye perceive objects in low-light conditions when illuminated by a light source. Artist and photographer Gabriel Mellan has explored this concept with a new series opening at Rabbithole Gallery next Thursday May 7th from 6 - 9 pm.
Gabriel Mellan: A Retroreflective will contrast the traditional gallery viewing experience; the lights will be off, and participants will use the flash on their smartphone to photograph the work. A third LED eye will be provided to illuminate the art and navigate the space. The auto exposure and autofocus feature on smartphones work to make these pieces visible. Autofocus often requires a short burst of light to help the camera focus in the dark. When the focus-assist light hits the retroreflective surfaces and is bounced back, the camera reads the environment to have more light than there is. The auto-exposure of the camera adjusts and the photograph is taken, making the reflective portions white and the rest of the image black.
This exhibition is kid friendly, assuming they are a bit adventurous and can handle a camera phone. Selfies and flash photography are encouraged. This opening is in conjunction with the DUMBO First Thursday Gallery walk AND there will a BKC student exhibition down the hall. Come by early and have a complimentary glass of wine!
GABRIEL MELLAN: A RETROREFLECTIVE
Thursday May 7, 2015
6 - 9 pm
33 Washington st
Brooklyn NY 11201