Universitatea de Artă și Design Cluj-Napoca
The article reviews the elements of perception of light, the only source of forms and instruments of dimensional evaluation of space with the six coordinates of it that make possible the relationship of the human subject with light and its positioning in space.
These forms, equally generated by the essential presence of light, and also the colors which have frequencies that are enhanced by it, made possible the first human artistic creations .These creations were figurative representations and their step by step evolution from being strictly functional to becoming symbolic objects is described in this paper.
The ritualistic roles of the symbolic object are discussed in connection to their passing through time and their transformation towards the artistic object. Eventually, this goes beyond its initial function becoming an aesthetic and evocative object that accompanies man in his habitat.
The end of the discourse is illustrated with art works created by young artists or myself .The involvement of light in the contemporary art, as one that is used with artistic talent may create the really necessary atmosphere needed for the physical and spiritual recovery of the modern man in his dwelling or his relaxing spaces directing him towards meditation, contemplation and introspection.
Keywords: light, space, shape, dimension, ritual, shading, functional, symbolic, atmosphere