Every project at the festival tells a story with light, but no artist does it quite as sublimely as Ralf Westerhof, an Amsterdam artist who specializes in the interplay of lines – his big examples being Egon Schiele and Alexander Calder. Those who visited the festival two years ago, will recognize his style. In the 2013-2014 edition Ralf Westerhof also participated with Drawn in Light, but with this new project he manifests himself even more lavishly.
The work constists of colourful, 160 meters long lines of light that stretch out over the canal from bridge to bridge. While you are tranquailly sailing along in your boat, the work comes alive. Suddenly you feel as though you’re inside an animated cartoon and your eyes are the camera. All around you a story about friendship begins to unfold. The abstract lines are like a colourful linear diagram – every one of them has its own colour and represents a person. Lines moving towards each other are friendships growing. The lines also form figures that make up sculpture groups, representing certain stages of life. Paths Crossing is a universal story about paths that may cross, or run parallel to each other, sometimes for a short time, sometimes for life.
After the success of Drawn in Light, exhibited at Amsterdam Light Festival 2013-2014, the Dutch artist Ralf Westerhof is back. Westerhof is known for his 3D drawings that he creates using hand-curved iron wires. Westerhof finds inspiration for his kinetic art in the work of Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele (1890-1918).