Dark into Light (lightbox; on phase),
2008, light box with phosphorescent screen print, 12.5 x 16.5 x 6 inches
/ 32 x 42 x 15 cm
The paper appears to have nothing on it, but the phosphorescent ink is being ‘charged’ by the light.
lightbox; off phase
The glow-in-the-dark screenprinted sparkle pattern becomes visible.
Dark into Light is an installation of 100 photo-sensitive lights that turns illuminates viewers’ shadows.
The installation is accompanied by a lightbox and a limited-edition artist’s book featuring a phosphorescent screenprinted cover.
In darker quarters of Swarm ... is the inventive installation (essentially a large piece and a smaller one) by Christine Wong Yap titled Dark Into Light. Her larger work studies the balance between absence and presence.... By blocking one light source, another is triggered, creating a vacuum of light that the work keeps balanced autonomously....
...Wong Yap uses—and meaningfully repeats—the starburst shape, with precise formation of lights. This shape could be a firework, star, spark, or a tree—in any case, it speaks of dissipation of energy and outward movement.
...A light box ... is comparatively understated and nebulous.... What results from pulling the string (and maybe pulling it a minute later) is more profound in tandem with the larger piece and is a curious tangential play on absence and temporality, making this a sweet, clean, but provocative Project Space experience.
—Andy Richie, Artslant
Caption: Christine Wong Yap, Dark into Light, 2008, mixed media installation: 100 night lights, par can, spot bulb, 10 x 10 x 8 feet / 3 x 3 x 2.4 m
Dark into Light was exhibited at Swarm Gallery in 2008 and in Tech Tools of the Trade at de Saisset Museum in 2009.