Pyramid by James Nizam
JAMES NIZAM Brookfield Place in the Allen Lambert Galleria (181 Bay) to June 1.
Can an art piece be both conceptual and formalist? Nizam's Pyramid is a giant photograph of a precisely orchestrated "light-sculpture" he set up in the Allen Lambert Galleria. Using tiny mirrors on ball-joints turned at exact angles, Nizam shone a single beam of light from the cathedral ceiling and refracted it with each mirror to create the shape of a pyramid. With the beams made visible through a dense artificial fog, he created a dazzlingly perfect, albeit temporary, pyramid floating under the space's iconic roof. The photograph of this event as it was staged now hangs in the exact same spot. Following in the footsteps of his sunlight sculptures (in which he refracted a single beam of sunlight by means of precise cuts made in buildings), Nizam brings his idealized forms into materiality with a purity and precision that seems almost mystical.