Marie-Luce Nadal: Nothing But Light

Woman in white outfit to right center of image stings on a natural rock formation and shots a fire arrow into the sky.

Marie-Luce Nadal

Nothing But Light

in partnership with Fulcrum Arts

June 3 – August 13, 2023

Opening Reception:

Saturday, June 3 from 7-10pm

Nothing But Light

Marie-Luce Nadal’s art confronts the intertwining scales of life. Building upon the legacy of her ancestors, she embarks on a relentless paradoxal pursuit to tame or to be part of the sky itself. The artist inherited a rich knowledge of winegrowers and cloud seeders. In the delicate balance between control and surrender, between earth and sky, lies a tipping point that challenges our perceptions. Her works pay homage to the alchemy of uncertainty, revealing a profound interconnectedness between terrestrial and divine forces. The body momentarily becomes cloud, and the cloud momentarily becomes body, merging the vertical ascent and the intoxicated depths into a singular point of convergence.


Marie-Luce Nadal, born in Perpignan (French Catalunya), is an artist and researcher who explores the intersection of art and science. She creates performative machine-works that have the particularity of mixing plastic visual singularities, scientific research, and poetry. Her work delves into the ethereal realm of the atmosphere, seeking to capture its elusive nature and unravel the mysteries it holds. 

In her exploration of the atmosphere, she raises fundamental questions about our relationship with nature. Her artistic reverie unravels the artificial landscapes that surround us, inviting us to contemplate the intangible substances that shape our environment. By extracting essences from storms, domesticating flies, and conjuring clouds, her work revolves around the human obsession will of control and dominance over the natural world.

The artist has exhibited her work at the following museums and foundations: Palais de Tokyo (France), Musée des Abattoirs de Toulouse (France), ZKM (Germany), New Tretyakof Gallery (Moscow), La Gaité Lyrique (France), MUST (Norway), MGK (Germany), Fondation Fiminco (France), Fondation LAccolade (France/USA), Gare Saint Sauveur Lille 3000 (France), Moscow Biennale, Lyon Biennale. 


Marie-Luce Nadal’s artist-in-residence is in partnership with Fulcrum Arts, Pasadena, CA. Grand Central Art Center Artist-in-Residence program is supported, in part, by a grant to our institution provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.