With the existing lighting, you could only see the first couple of layers of glass. But with Ketra, the light penetrates deeper, expanding the field of view and allowing viewers to appreciate depths that were previously shrouded.
Did you use any of Ketra’s natural light capabilities?
We did. Dustin’s studio and gallery already has natural light flooding in through ceiling skylights, so we wanted to expand upon that. These works have been displayed outside under sunlight before and they look amazing, they just sparkle. We were able to capture that feeling inside for the first time ever. The flexibility that Ketra gives you across the dimming range, the X-Y coordinates of color, and the spectrum of color with Vibrancy—there were just so many possibilities it enables. For this project, we replicated the sun at various degrees and times of day, and the results were simply beautiful.
Do you find there’s a difference between lighting 3D pieces like these sculptures vs. more traditional 2D art?
We had previously illuminated artist Theo Pinto's 2D oil on canvas works in his Skyscapes series, inspired by when the day meets night and sky meets earth, with Ketra. With that project, the artist knew that these gradient pieces totally transformed when viewed under sunset lighting—so we replicated that golden hour with the system. Now they can be optimally lit any time of day, and Theo, like Dustin, insists that his work be installed with Ketra.
One of Theo Pinto's paintings transformed under Ketra light
For the 3D sculptures, you quite literally get another dimension. You have to think more about how to effectively light the whole piece. For instance, with the Psychogeographies, we saw that having a light between pieces allowed us to backlight the head of each figure. This created a “halo” effect, helped separate the works, and ended up showing more detail than if we only lit them all separately.
On some of Dustin’s larger pieces like The Politics of Eternity, we utilized backlighting with a row of G2 linears bounced off the back wall to complement the track heads. The backlights are what creates the spectacular look of ambience - a sun setting or environmental changes. Having 2 separate layers of light enabled more dynamism—we could keep the S30’s fixed at 4700K and then vary the temperature or color of the back or vice versa.
G2 linears add a dynamic layer of light, giving the dramatic appearance of a sun setting at the touch of a button
In what other ways does Ketra help you deliver a quality experience for clients?
It may seem like a system with Ketra has to be intrinsically complicated given the power and flexibility of the product, but its core functionalities are effortless. The magic is in one of the default behaviors: the Natural Show which matches not just the temperature as the sun outside but the intensity as well. It enables us to actually simplify the controls for the homeowner: the lights are working on their own to create a mood that matches the environment.
It’s the sort of win-win-win product we’re always looking for: where the user gets a better experience, it’s easier to use, and it delivers the highest quality performance. It’s been exciting to expose Ketra to art galleries, artists, people who want high performance lighting in their home and show them what’s possible. Wherever we’re putting it, we’re excited for it to be there.
What should homeowners know about the role of a custom integrator when lighting their art collections?
Work with a great firm that you vibe with. They'll be a partner in the design process, so it’s important that you appreciate their artistic intention and expression. A custom integrator can spur the architect and designers by showing them what’s possible with the vast capabilities of technology like Ketra. You'll also get the best outcome if everyone is working together with the integrator, architect, and designers all on the same page.
Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us today. What’s next for you?
Dreaming up more interesting events, and looking forward to doing more at Dustin Yellin’s studio. We’re finishing up some exciting projects on the West coast where we have an LA Based office. And I’ll be on the lookout for creative inspiration during summer travels with my family and two baby girls.
Photography: OneButton and John Frattisi