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Brandon Ballengée
Brandon Ballengée, Acme Labs Variation 3, Fluorescent Lighted Phase 1, 1998

Brandon Ballengée   Brandon Ballengée, Acme Labs Variation 3, Black Lighted Phase 1, 1998
Brandon Ballengée   Brandon Ballengée, Acme Labs Variation 3, Fluorescent Lighted Phase, 1998
Brandon Ballengée   Brandon Ballengée, Acme Labs Variation 3, Black Lighted Phase 2, 1998
Brandon Ballengée

Acme Labs

Queens, New York

1995-1998. Photographed in a fluorescent light sequence in the artist's studio, Queens, N.Y. in September 1998. Mixed media including sound, light effects, fog machines and slush latex interpretations of gigantic earthworms. Sound design included excerpts from "RADIOACTIVITY" a 1975 album by German band KRAFTWERK, and a 1956 public broadcast with US celebrity Bob Hope discussing the advantages of Atomic superiority and the benefits of the then newly developed Hydrogen Bomb. 12 feet by 20 feet by 6 feet.

The piece attempted to create an artificial environment that highlighted the allusive aspects of hazardous radio-nuclides. The paintings were purchased between 1995-1998 from communities adjacent to radioactive contamination sites. With a timed relay lighting system, sequenced "explosions" of fluorescent light would illuminate on the appropriated paintings revealing seemingly untouched landscapes. The lights would flicker out then leaving the paintings to be seen under ceiling hung ultra-violet lights. Phosphorescent pigments I embedded in the surface of the paintings literally glowed hues of bright blue, white, green, and orange creating a panoramic day-glow landscape. The paintings were exhibited in eccentric decorative frames symbolically painted magenta and yellow, colors the United States military uses to mark radiation danger areas.

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