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Look into the light for calm and serenity

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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:30 am

Resobox Gallery in Long Island City is fusing tradition with innovation in the upcoming exhibit “Illuminating Calmness.”

This three-day event uses Japan’s new cutting-edge technology — OLED lighting provided by Kaneka Corporation.

The exhibit will immerse visitors in traditional and sophisticated Japanese art forms, even while making them feel as though they are in the ancient city of Kyoto, according to the gallery.

In contrast, the advanced technology of OLED lighting fixtures is used in completely new ways — such as in room dividers, traditional Japanese screens called byobu and other applications.

To showcase the new possibilities of OLED technology, “Illuminating Calmness” features a Japanese tea room within the gallery space.

“We’d like you to think about what you are experiencing and talk together with us about the myriad of possibilities of OLED lighting as you relax in a Japanese tea room set up in the gallery,” Resobox’s website reads. “Enjoy traditional green tea — matcha, served by a tea master from Japan.”

Unlike LED, which came out after incandescent light and fluorescent light, OLED produces a softer glow that doesn’t dazzle your eyes, even if you look directly into it.

“Thin OLED panels have plain emissions, making it possible for them to be used in more elaborate lighting fixture designs,” the gallery writes. “OLED can also be used in new, more creative ways and in completely different fields, such as interior design, theatrical scenography, display designs and in creative products where conventional lighting sources like LED cannot be applied.”

The characteristics of OLED lighting should complement the cultural and spiritual climate of Japan.

This lighting can provide dramatic impact, especially suited for the calmness and subtlety of a Japanese tea room — a culture that emphasizes minimalist interior design.

A technical staff with expert knowledge of OLED lighting will be in the gallery during all three days of the exhibition.

‘Illuminating Calmness’
When: April 23, 24, 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., LIC
Tickets: Free

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