Eric Cahan takes an insightful and entrancing exploration of light, space, nature and the ephemeral quality of memories throughout his beautifully gradated sculpture and liquid glass photographic works.
Recognisable but by no means repetitive, Cahan’s work is largely defined by its seamless blending of gradients and colour, inspired by the changing effects of light within a certain time or place; often by the sun at sunrise and sunset. Whilst his works take form from the sun, the sky and the sea, his photographs and sculptures are far from being categorised within the realm of landscapes.
Rather than depicting a known and perceptible environment, Cahan’s photographs possess the ability to project the light and colour within certain surroundings, allowing the viewer to become immersed within them. With rich hues that merge to create the unveiling of a time and place, Cahan recreates not the literal visual setting, but the personal and unique feeling and experience of the setting as though you had been transported there, much like a memory.
Cahan’s polyester resin sculptures embody the same otherworldly aura as his photographs, becoming three dimensional representations of his experimentation and fascination with the endless effects of light. Ethereal prisms reflecting their shifting environment, their translucent colour surface allow them to transform and adapt with changing light conditions and space.
His works remind us to be fully present and involved with our surroundings. By drawing us into a transient moment of time through light and colour, Cahan highlights the sublime of our everyday.
Words/ Sarina Meuleman