Art @ the MLC – Fragmented Light

January 27, 2011 – 4:41 PM

Patricia Van Dalen (1955), a Venezuelan-born artist, has long been interested in abstraction, color, and the intervention of large architectural spaces. Fragmented Light (2011), created specifically for UGA’s Miller Learning Center, is a composition made of brightly-colored adhesive tapes that transforms the walls between the MLC’s third and fourth floors, accompanying students as they climb up and down the stairs and lending chromatic vibrancy to a place of study. The installation was created with the help of student and staff volunteers from UGA and the Athens community. It will be on view between January 21st and May 21st, 2011.

More about Van Dalen’s work can be found at

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  1. 3 Responses to “Art @ the MLC – Fragmented Light”

  2. This was a waste of time, but hopefully not money. A four year old could do it, and it was not a good reason to shut down a stairwell. I hope it is removed before May.

    By David on Feb 3, 2011

  3. @ David… Come on man at least its interesting.


    By William Campbell on Feb 20, 2011

  4. Thank you David and William for your comments. I would like to quote Picasso: allegedly he said that he had been trying hard to paint like a 4 year old!

    If you would like to understand the purpose of this ephemeral artwork, you have to do a little research. Contemporary art is not always easy to digest. And this activation of the space in these four walls aloud to pose some questions: is this art? I think it is. In any case, it moved you to write something here, so it did cause an impact on you, as a part of the UGA community.

    This is a gift to the MLC’s users.


    By Patricia Van Dalen on Feb 25, 2011

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