From Darkness Artist Profile: Brent Anderson

From Darkness is a tale of art and passion and truth and betrayal. The actors and designers have immersed themselves in the history of the New York art scene as they developed, rehearsed, and designed the show. We thought it would be great to highlight our amazingly creative production team by asking them a few questions about art, character, and the nimbus creative process.


Lighting Designer Brent Anderson

What is your favorite painting?

Although I don't really believe in favorites in general, the first painting that comes to mind is actually rather modern: Glenn Brown's Dark Star. It is actually a reinterpretation of a Rembrandt piece called A Bust of a Young Woman Smiling. I am a lover of visual texture and the texture in this painting is so engaging. The woman looks as though she is made of feather. I find I can get caught up looking at even a small section of the painting for a long time. It is a wonderful example of how we can take images born of masters and recreate them into something different but also beautiful.


Tell us about an interesting design challenge for this show.

Working to create distinct environments ranging from wide, full galleries to a cramped study or cellar museum archive can be tough. But add in the need for shifts in time (years) in the same room and the need for tight isolation to incorporate the play's central aesthetic theme, and it can be taxing on a lighting system. These different styles of lighting require discrete attention and often lighting instruments that serve a purpose for one scene are difficult to reuse in another scene. This kind of challenge can be fun though. It forces a lighting designer to look down paths less traveled for options to shift the look of the actors and stage.


Any interesting insight into nimbus' process for creating devised work?

Theater is always a collaborative art form, but when being part of a devised work, collaboration tends to get a shot in the arm. In my experience Nimbus tends to strive for that shot of devised work shot of adrenaline head on and gets fueled by it. I love working in that environment. The creativity in the room is tangible. The sheer number of ideas thrown on the table in the last few months can be daunting but the process of shifting through them as a group and coming out the other end with a really great show is really gratifying.