Working with Light
Dynamic daylight images are at the heart of Joost van Santen’s work. In 1970 he created his first coloured glass windows in a church in the city of Hoogvliet. The moment the sun appeared, colours were projected onto the room. These 'Images of Light' moving through space fascinated him. Ever since light determines his work.
When the sun is not shining daylight becomes diffuse. In ‘Light Modules’ Joost van Santen examines the behaviour of this diffuse light. Images appear, produced by daylight projected onto a translucent screen. When the sky is grey, the modules reflect many nuances of colour, shades in various tints. When the sun appears sharply defined shapes appear. Light Modules form the basis of his work with light art in architecture and sculpture.
In his projects with daylight art in architecture Joost van Santen seeks out, in close collaboration with the architect, the places where the inflowing light can be intercepted and transformed. Captured light images change constantly with the movement of the sun and the changes in seasons, enriching the expression of daylight in the architecture .
In his sculptures light images appear changing according to the time of day and the day of the year.
In an experiment in his studio Joost van Santen installed colour filters and reflectors in the windows. Daylight casts images onto translucent screens. The projected images change continuously, depending weather and the position of the sun. Based on these phenomena he made designs of micro architecture 'Light Spaces', just meant for experiencing light.
'Becoming aware of light as part of the universe'