Laser light show coming to Penticton

Laser light show coming to Penticton


Dan Walton
Oliver Chronicle

Bentley Meeker hopes Immaculate Refractions coaxes each member of his audience to explore their own relationship with light.

“I’m a big believer that the artist’s job is to ask the question rather than try to answer it,” said the New York-based artist.

After wrapping his mind around the nuances encoded in the spectrum of colour for more than 30 years, Meeker will begin exhibiting his latest show at the Penticton Art Gallery this weekend.

“It is so versatile, so ubiquitous in our lives,” he said. “But what I haven’t seen is people actually explore what light is.”

Despite how light is all-encompassing in life, many people only have a rudimentary understanding of it, he says.

“Most people don’t even know how to dim the lights in their house to get a mood.”

Every human has been conditioned to respond to light because of both personal and evolutionary reasons, and Meeker believes it’s a valuable subject to reflect upon.

“We have over 16 million colours in the spectrum that need to be explored and understood.”

Immaculate Refractions is holding its opening on Friday at 8 p.m. Meeker will be holding an artist talk at 2 p.m. on Saturday.