Inlight Richmond 2013

A photo essay of selected images from 1708 Gallery’s sixth annual InLight Richmond held on November 8, 2013 juried by Ken Farmer, Creative Director of Nuit Blanche New York.

 photo by Terry Brown

RACHEL COHN, LAURIDS SONNE, MICHAEL ASHLEY, Richmond, VA
Nonesuch Tales of Ardea Herodias, 2013, Watercolor on overhead transparency, cardboard, paper

Winner of Best in Show Award

We share an interest in looking at local communities, through history and an anthropological lens and translating our view of culture through a variety of media. While Laurids comes from a more performance and interventionist background, Rachel’s work has been largely grounded in object and image making, particularly in relation to storytelling. Imagination, invention, humor and a human touch are important to both of us. We have collaborated on projects that have included video, sculpture, painting, performance and printmaking over the past six years.

photo by Terry Brown

JULIE HINZMANN + SHAWN SAHARKO, Richmond, VA
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You,  2013, Recycled plastic bags

Winner of both People’s Choice Award and Most Environmentally Conscious Award

Plastic bags can hold more then just the objects they carry. They can hold ideas of innovation, transformation, and beauty. By using this commonly discarded material we are emphasizing the potential for endless possibilities of re-appropriation. They are the remnants of our purchases, the membrane of our refuse, and the most discernible object in a landfill. These sculptures celebrate the materiality of plastic bags while re-contextualizing them as a beautiful and eff•ective material.

 photo by Terry Brown

MEDEOLOGY COLLECTIVE: ALESSANDRO IMPERATO, JIM GLADMAN, KELLY MCCLUNG: Savannah, GA
Bridge Of Signs, 2013, Digital Video Projection and Kinnect Sensor Technology

Formed in January 2009, the Medeology Collective is a group of artists whose artwork addresses the cultural, political and technological influence of mass media through new media digital video performance. The group crosses the boundaries between video, installation, sculpture and VJing and focuses on media mythos, media magic, media ideology and mediations of representation. The theme of “bridge” off•ers a rich source of meanings and signs, and we will explore this throughout the performance. We explore metaphors of passages, journeys, and reaching the other side, burning bridges. The bridge as a screen will be a dialog between the performers and the audience.

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photo by Terry Brown

KELLEY McCLUNG, Savannah, GA
Water Nymphs’ Circus, 2013, Found objects and Projection

My current work is about the influence of remediation collage, utilizing current recursive culture from the Internet, social media, and television to allow us to become virtual voyeurs by creating voyeuristic spectacles. This is part of our ‘Genealogy of Presence’ or our society in the present. Presenting the work through techniques from a bygone age (such as the Victorian technique known as ‘Pepper’s Ghost’) and applying contemporary technologies, provides meaning in the context of how the work is perceived. It is important that the viewer, through their gaze, has the opportunity to bring their own ‘Lebenswelt’ to the experience, whether it is through a memory trigger or a cognoscente association.

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photo by Terry Brown

ROSS FISH, LILLI FAYAZ, AND SEAN LUDWIG, Savannah, GA
A Breath of Fresh Air, 2013, Urethane Plastic Castings, Steel, Electronics

A Breath of Fresh Air encourages participants to come together in a communal interactive music experience. Each sculptural object contains pools of water that emit low, non-harmful, voltages of electricity and when bridged with the centerpiece of the installation, the corresponding object lights up and a random musical tone is generated. As participants work together in creative ways to bridge this connection through skin contact with other members of the crowd (touching noses, feet, foreheads etc.) a new, non-linear, musical composition occurs. Each sculptural object can be interpreted as an instrument in this new-media ensemble.

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photo by Terry Brown

AMIE OLIVER, Richmond, VA
Ascension, 2013, LED rope lights, mechanicals, electricity

Ascension’s illuminated ladders appear to float above and through some of the complex structures that make up Richmond’s Triple Crossing on the Canal Walk. The ladders glow, illuminate and appear to float/fly/ascend the space. The canal is a tangible example of progressive modes of transportation Richmond once embraced and abandoned, such as our beloved streets cars – all as concessions to the automobile. The ladder is an archetype that represents a number of ideals. My ladders, symbolizing Ascension, are inspired by the death of my parents, sister and many others, on the highways of America.

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photo by Terry Brown

PLANTBOT GENETICS: WENDY DESCHENE AND JEFF SCHMUKI, Statesboro, GA
MothLight, 2013, Off• Grid solar power system, insect collection tents, LED lights and projectors, images of locally documented moths

PlantBot Genetics invents new ways to connect nature with our everyday lives. Their projects foster discussion, understanding, and ideas for changing current environmental stresses, food shortages, and wasteful practices. MothLight focuses on the importance of pollinating insects in our environment. Our primary pollinator, the honeybee, is in rapid decline and we do not know why. PlantBot Genetics asks what if we had to rely on Second Shift Pollinators such as the moth? MothLight underscores the decline of the honeybee population and the need to preserve environments suitable for bees while seeking alternatives for pollination.

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 photo by Terry Brown

THIS MAKES SENSE: (an interdisciplinary VCUarts undergraduate research team): MICHAEL FLYNN, MARCUS MASSOKLAURA PRETZMAN, ELLIOT ROTHPERRIN TURNER, JIHYUNG YOONTAYLOR ROBINSON, DILLON MEYER, Richmond, VA
This Makes Sense, 2013, Wood, Acrylic, Lights

Engineering is nothing without art. Art is nothing without engineering. This interdisciplinary team is made up of engineers and artists to create something beyond both groups.

This Makes Sense (TMS) is the brainchild of late nights walking around Richmond and recognizing that humanity aff•ects the space it inhabits. It is a love sonnet to the sounds and lights of this city. This tunnel is Richmond inverted. Sound is sight and sight is sound. Every movement has a cascading e•ffect in the tunnel and every noise makes the walls dance with color.

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photo by Terry Brown

JUSTIN JAMES REED, Richmond, VA
Untitled, 2013, Fog Machine and Video Projection

Untitled continues Justin James Reed’s ongoing exploration of the experiential qualities of art. This atmospheric piece creates a temporary, perceptual phenomenon that encourages communal, time-specific viewings. Brief projections into smoke depict sunsets that have taken place over the site of InLight in the months leading up to the event. The piece disappears as the sunset fades, simultaneously with the dissipation of the smoke.

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photo by Terry Brown

JASON FUGH, Norfolk, VA
Luminous Deception, 2013, 2D and 3D animation, Video Projection Installation

To entertain and inspire the viewer, whether it’s through design, typography or animation, is what I aim to do with each piece of art I create. Combining 3D animation with video projection mapping allows me to bring an object to life into reality and interact with real and otherwise inanimate objects.

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photo by Terry Brown

ANNA AND ZOE GOLDEN, Richmond, VA
Wind is Blowing the Day Around, 2013, Interactive Mixed Media Installation

These words were spoken by a young child watching colored light and shadow swirling around each other on a screen. Suddenly the picture became clear to adult eyes; the interplay of light and shadow did look like wind was blowing bits of shining daylight around. As children play with light they narrate stories filled with symbol and metaphor. These stories have meaning of their own, and they also suggest something deeper. We hope the film of children interacting with light and shadow will inspire you to come play in our portable light studio too.

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 photo by Terry Brown

MARIAM EQBAL, Richmond, VA
Repeating Decimal,
 Video Installation

I have been watching the waters of the James River through the lens of my camera and recording its unpredictable patterns. As I have returned to the same location on the river week after week, the movement is diff•erent each time, changed by volume, the wind, and the rocks that lie beneath. Diff•erent shapes continuously emerge, blend, and grow into other forms, and the patterns of light and shadow dance and play on the surface of the water. As an observer I can get lost in its recurring patterns, motion, and its constant breaking of symmetry. The patterns unfold much like a repeating decimal. I imagine Leonard Da Vinci watching water whirling in an eddy, studying the motions of current, gazing and lost in its flow, and I wonder what he would have done with a camera.

ABOUT INLIGHT RICHMOND

InLight Richmond was created in 2008 on the occasion of 1708 Gallery’s 30th birthday as a way to give something to the community. Thus was born the idea of a one-night, free, public art exhibition that would offer our community a chance to engage with contemporary art outside the gallery walls. Each year, InLight Richmond encourages artists to respond to a particular neighborhood in our diverse city, attracting audiences to unique areas of Richmond.

The InLight 2013 site is marked by the intersections of Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom, the Kanawha Canal, the Floodwall, Interstates 95 and 195, and railroad lines. It is bordered by the James River, the Virginia Capital Trail, the Richmond Slave Trail, and numerous retail spaces, bars and restaurants, and sites of business.

As Richmond’s oldest neighborhood, Shockoe has always been a site of transaction and commerce, transition and movement. In the 17th century, Shockoe served as a trading post for furs, rum, and tobacco. It was also a central site for the slave trade. During the Civil War, the Confederate Army burned most of the area to the ground as they retreated from Richmond. Across the 19th century, as industry developed, the canal system became a pivotal component in the passageway from central Virginia to the coast. When rail replaced water transport, Richmond, and Shockoe specifically, became the first site in the world with a triple main-line railway crossing – visible from today’s Canal Walk. Markers throughout the site detail this complex and storied past.

ABOUT THE JUROR

Ken Farmer is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Nuit Blanche New York, producers of the annual Bring to Light: Nuit Blanche Festival. His collaborative interventions serve to activate urban space, and creatively reimagine public art as a democratic medium. Farmer has cultivated a unique curatorial style through which contemporary art and new media serve as catalysts for social and communal experience. His ambitious vision and place-making sensibility have led to innovative new works and site-specific adaptations with many renowned visual artists, including Vito Acconci, Rita Ackermann, Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe, Marilyn Minter, and Guido van der Werve.

Prior to Nuit Blanche New York, Ken worked with Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit organization committed to community-driven activation of the public realm. He is also Co-Founder of DoTank:Brooklyn, a collective of urbanists and artists enhancing the city through positive action and small-scale change. Throughout his diverse projects, Farmer remains dedicated to creating more accessible platforms for artists to engage the built environment.

Farmer’s recent activities include She’s Crafty, a short residency program through which female artists exhibited their creative processes in the New Museum’s lobby window; The Autumn Bowl, an audio-visual series in a former rope factory and skating bowl on the Brooklyn Waterfront; installations for the Red Bull Music Academy New York Performance Series; Kairos, an exhibition at the RBMA Studios; a performance series at the Palais de Tokyo, and the premiere of Marco Brambilla’s Megaplex trilogy in St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.

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ext. 1708 is an on-line journal funded through a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which also supports 1708 Gallery’s exhibitions. 1708 Gallery’s mission is to promote new art, a mission achieved via a rotating schedule of exhibitions that presents a diverse range of projects. In relation, 1708 Gallery strives to educate the public about Contemporary art and employs artist talks and didactic text panels to illustrate the exhibiting artist’s issues, themes, and modes of working. In an effort to further expand opportunities for education, this journal features essays, interviews and other writings that provide context for 1708 Gallery’s exhibitions and promote further dialogue about contemporary art. 1708 Gallery works with a range of writers, from graduate students to professional writers, to allow for multiple voices and experiences to contribute to this project.

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