More than 40 artists have been selected to participate in the first annual InLight RICHMOND event on September 5, 2008. This juried, light inspired art exhibition and event will take place from sun-down to midnight between the 100 and 400 blocks of Broad Street downtown, and is open to the public. Here is a sneak peak as to what’s in store!
London based architect Peter Culley has teamed up with Eleni Savvidou, a lighting designer with L'Observatoire International in New York. Their piece entitled “Light House” is a life-size architectural 3D “light drawing,” created in real space, which spectators can freely enter and explore. Culley is an associate director at Rick Mather Architects, and serves as the Project Director for the innovative expansion of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Bringing international perspective to the celebration are Sally Rees and Lena Stuart, who have collaborated on a work in photography and sound. Although from Montreal and Tasmania respectively, the two have created a single piece through their communication process, resembling a contemporary version of the “exquisite corpse” method of the 1920 Surrealists. The outcome, “Hiatus,” is a series of photographic pairs which will be projected onto an outdoor wall and accompanied by soundworks created by Jean-Yves Thériault and Matt Warren.
Among the local artist groups participating, Diana Cavanaugh and Worn Gallery bring us “Brilliant Beacons.” Representatives of the gallery will actually wear these miniature, illuminated installations as they roam the area, spending the evening as both spectators and spectacles. Cavanaugh is a recipient of a 2008 VMFA Undergraduate Fellowship in Sculpture.
Other InLight contributing artists include Miriam Ewers, Travis Fullerton, Bruce Hornstein, Christopher Wiedeman, David Grainger, Justin
Lincoln, Henry Gwiazda, Michael Filimowicz, Janpim Wolf, Amie Oliver, Gilberto Martinez, Megumi Akiyoshi, Damian Yanessa, Tatiana Ginsberg, Amy Glengary Yang, Sabrina Cordovana, Arielle Angel, Clay McGlamory, Scott Kyle, Jessica Bauserman, Jackie Mancini, Matt Greer, Linda Sheridan-Nay, John Blatter, Solar Sculptors United Now, Leah Jacobson, Robbie Kinter, Thea Duskin, Megan Vernon, Slash Coleman, Anne Savage, Suzanne Hall, Craig Pleasants, Manica Zander, David Williams, Wearable InLight, the Art Cheerleaders and Michael Lease.
Powered by 1708 Gallery in conjunction with its 30th anniversary, InLight RICHMOND is a light-inspired art exhibition and event and modeled after similar international efforts such as Nuit Blanche in Paris, Rome, and Toronto and Luci d’Artista in Turin. Facades, walls, balconies, rooftops, doorways, parking lots, and median strip have been identified as sites for art installations and performances, providing a very unique event for Richmond and giving the city the opportunity to encourage lively dialogue about contemporary art throughout the Central Virginia region and across the globe.
Altria is the presenting sponsor for InLight, with Venture Richmond and Dominon serving as co-presenting sponsors. Additional sponsors to-date are William A. Royall, Jr. and Pamela Kiecker; CenterStage Foundation; Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau; Historic Jackson Ward Neighborhood Association; First Market Bank; Quirk Gallery; Page and Sandy Bond; Dr. Greg and Deb Lockhart; Mike and Judy O’Connor; Kay and Phillip Davidson; Phoenix; Richard S. Reynolds Foundation; Commonwealth Architects; Baskervill; Johnson Inc.; and 3North. In-kind support is provided by Martin Branding Worldwide; Virginia Bertholet, Cause Content; Sunny Zhao, Dreams Factory; Pyramid Studios; Theater IV; and Virginia Commonwealth University. Community partners include Curated Culture; Richmond Moving Image Co-Op; Richmond Public Library; University of Richmond Modlin Center for the Arts; VMFA Friends of Art; VMFA Teen Studio and Young Audiences of Virginia. NBC 12 and the Richmond Times Dispatch are media sponsors.