Monday, October 10, 2011
Teddy Lo is LED Art and Design’s Renaissance Man
Teddy Lo is one of few working artists who focuses specifically on exploring the countless, technologically innovative, creative possibilities of the light emitting diode.
Lo has been working as an LED artist since 2003, when he held his first solo exhibition in NYC, called Morphology. Since then he has participated in many other exhibitions, including one at the Frankfurt Luminale and the 2006 National Day Singapore Expo. Besides his personal artistic endeavors, Lo also founded LED Artist, an LED-based art and design company that has received many international commissions for interactive commercial LED installations, including work from companies like Intel and Mercedes.
For instance, in 2010, Lo designed the facade for the Tibet Pavilion of Shanghai Expo and won 2nd place at the Architectural Lighting Awards presented by Shanghai Illuminating Engineering Society for that work. The Tibetan government then invited the LED Artist to design the lighting for the Tibet Museum at Lhasa in 2011.
In his artist statement, Lo describes why color-changing LED lights provide an inspirational and challenging medium for his creative output. “Light emitting diode is one of the most intriguing elements that I have encountered in my life. Besides the fact that it can project a full color spectrum, which allows for extreme precision in programming and endless sculptural possibilities, its environmental capabilities also motivate me to create art and design, repeatedly inspiring me to promote this technology to the world.” Lo goes on to assert that LED art installations are more than technological masterpieces. He believes that they also evoke an emotional response in viewers in a way that non-luminous art cannot. “People relate to lighting emotionally. The innate quality of this intriguing luminous medium provides a vast platform for me to create colorful, sculptural, interactive and responsive art forms.”