Betty Rieckmann

Light Signs

You can see the passage underneath the Karlsruhe main station. A luminous square is attached to the wall, which has a color gradient from inside to outside, creating a depth.
Betty Rieckmann
Light Signs

Karlsruhe main station, Platform 3, and access to Kulturzentrum Tempel, Hardtstraße 39

September 11, 2020 to March 31, 2021

»Light Signs« are modified advertising signs, which the artist transforms into light installations with potentially infinite, slowly merging color grades. In contrast to the commercial advertising signs usually found in public spaces with their interchangeable advertising messages, garish colors, and flashing lights, Betty Rieckmann's atmospherically luminous »Light Signs« produce a multitude of visual effects. The signs enter into a reciprocal relationship with the people who look at them and can have different effects depending on their personal view, mood, or disposition: from calming to stimulating or even balancing. In her works, which are carefully changing through the use of the latest LED technologies, the artist explores the perceptive psychological effect of color and light on people, thus creating light paintings that are in a state of constant transformation.

»Light Signs« was funded within the framework of the project support program for media art of the »UNESCO City of Media Arts« Karlsruhe 2020.

Betty Rieckmann

Born in the US, Betty Rieckmann (*1986) is a media artist who completed her first degree at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe in 2011. Subsequently, she studied »Lighting Design« at the HAWK | University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim. Based on her occupation with painting and sculpture, the artist dedicates her works primarily to the theme of light. Using LED technology and controlled software, Rieckmann creates elaborate light installations in which light plays of reflections and colors fill entire rooms. Her works have been exhibited many times, including in the exhibition »Open Codes« at ZKM | Karlsruhe in 2017. Betty Rieckmann lives and works in Karlsruhe.