Inlight 2015, presented by 1708 Gallery and held at the VMFA, was a resounding two night success this year.
Inlight 2015, presented by 1708 Gallery and held at the VMFA, was a resounding two night success this year. While the works themselves literally light up audiences over the chilly November weekend, some of the works on dispaly stood out among the pack.
The event did actually incorporate a judge competition as well, with Juror Alex Baker, Director at Philadelphia’s Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, responsible for selecting the Best in Show winner.
All text below was provided via 1708 Gallery, we threw some extra Instagram posts from Inlight down at the bottom. Rad job, 1708!
BEST IN SHOW
ALICE PIXLEY YOUNG | Lightgeist
Alice Pixley Young studied at Ringling College of Art and Design and the New York Studio Residency Program, and received an MFA from the University of Maryland and an MA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Her work has been exhibited at Bullseye Projects in Portland, Oregon, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the 21c Museum in Cincinnati and Louisville, and the Currents International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In Young’s work, ideas of nature, place and memory are experienced through the layering of media and visual information. Lightgeist addresses the idea of systems, cycles and the change of light within the season. Through a small cityscape “set” and a projected video of flocking birds, she explores the way memory effects the construction of both our psychic and physical environments. Video projection marks autumn moving into winter, overcast days and crepuscular hours- dimming late afternoons and evenings and murky dawns.
NEW MARKET PEOPLE’S CHOICE – selected by the InLight audience
EVA ROCHA | Object-Orientalis
In Object-Orientalis, Rocha explores the correlation between the de-humanized commercial relationship we have developed with the contemporary art object and the ways we have allowed ourselves to objectify other humans. Rocha is interested in how object-oriented views relate to other social issues, particularly the objectification of women and its implications for human trafficking.
Eva Rocha, a multimedia artist from Brazil, is a graduate student in the MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She brings together her studies and her early experiences as an actress in avant-garde theater in Sao Paulo to create her current work, which utilizes video performance and mapping projection to explore the relationship between objects and cultural perspectives. She was awarded the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts in 2015. Her work is in prominent private and public collections in the US and Brazil.
Here’s some additional images from Inlight, all in all, it was super dope!