Artist's Statement

Coming from an engineering background, but having a lifelong passion to create art, I seek to develop technical systems which function within an artistic vision. Such was the approach used in the creation of the artwork shown on this web site. My current work comprises the latest in a series of experiments with various types of optical elements and original design computer controlled lighting effects.

Lumion sculptures utilize proprietary thin film optics which produce spectrum shifting color patterns in response to light from the sun or local lighting. At night, sunlight is replaced by computer-directed kinetic lighting to create constantly evolving patterns of multi-path interactions. Those familiar with optics will recognize that the elements are neither diffraction gratings nor holograms. The surprisingly rich array of hues actually comes about through recursive optical solutions that subdivide wavelengths of light into a range of chaotic complexity. The visual effects are usually combined with a sonorous audio environment, creating a place where one may experience a sensuous ambiance of extraordinary calm. Robert V. Kieronski

Resume Robert V. Kieronski has had a long involvement with the interface of Art and Technology. As a young engineer in the late '60s, he ventured into New York City, and became part of a group that produced the now historic show, "9 Evenings of Theatre and Engineering". That group included such well known artists as Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage. This show was the first major exposition formally devoted to the art and technology symbiosis. It resulted in the creation of a non-profit corporation, Experiments in Art and Technology, Inc. (EAT, Inc.) in New York.

At that time Kieronski was working for Bell Telephone Labs. Subsequent ventures found him as an engineer at Arp Instruments, designing prototypes for a new electronic music synthesizer. The ARP Synthesizer became a fairly successful design. It became popular among professional musicians.

Some years later, when the popularity of analog synthesizers began to wane, he moved on to do large system nuclear weapons studies for the Navy. This employment enhanced his desire to be more involved in the arts. Along the way, he was a founding Director of Art and Technology, Inc. (ATI, Inc.), a non-profit Boston corporation. He holds four patents related to unique watercraft designs and rapid prototyping methodology.

Throughout his engineering career, Robert produced a number of artworks, mostly involving interactive and kinetic genres. Several of these artworks are functional pieces incorporating a high degree of technology in their execution. His work has been exhibited at galleries in Boston, Aspen, Col., Providence, Newport, RI, and the Attleboro Museum.

Recently, Robert has been spending a great deal of time in the depths of his secret laboratory experimenting with new forms of light sculpture that utilize electronics and unusual optical materials. This work, in addition to being visually (he believes) intriguing, has several innovative aspects that have resulted in two new patent applications. The embodiment of this effort has resulted in a new commissioned work recently shown in the large main window of the DeCordova Museum. Further details are available on his website:

Robert hopes to continue with sculptures in systems suitable for large interactive environments. A goal is to execute large public pieces that would allow simultaneous remote participation from a number of viewers.

For the record, Robert has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, and an MSEE from Stevens Tech. He lives with his wife, Susan in Newport, RI