Borrowed Lamps (applause for my friends)
Borrowed Lamps (applause for my friends) is an installation of lamps collected from friends of Chicago-based artist Jillian Hansen-Lewis. The lamps are arranged throughout the storefront space and connected to “the Clapper” sensors (As Seen On TV), responding to the sounds of applause in the gallery. When one light turns off, another turns on. This piece is equal parts celebration and elegy; the flashing lights and shadows cast by the lamps create the atmosphere of a party and the feeling of an empty room. The lamps respond to applause in increments of two or three claps, but they are shy, so viewers are asked to remember this rhythm: Clap - Clap - Pause . . . Clap - Clap - Clap - Pause . . .