Chicago Art Department
Light Matters Galina Shevchenko. Valerie Xanos. Margarita Fainshtein
Opening Reception April 13th 6pm-10pm
Artists in Conversation April 14th 5pm-7pm
Closing Reception April 27th 6pm-10pm
Fainshtein, Shevchenko, and Xanos work with light projection installation focusing on personal narratives of body, memory and perceptual shifts light as media. The artists explore light as mediated through a spectrum of materials, including printmaking, animation, and digital processing. For the Light Matters exhibition Fainshtein, Shevchenko, and Xanos use various iterations of projected and reflected light to investigate synthetic relationships within their constructed image/space immersions.Each site specific interactive installation would create an immersive environment for the viewer to experience within a particularly composed architectural space
Exiled in Light :|: Never(W)here
This site specific installation uses light projection and video to focus on psychological narratives of body, memory, and perceptual light shifts. She explores light as mediated through a spectrum of materials, including fiber/acrylic constructions, animation, and digital processing. Each site specific, interactive installation creates an immersive environment for the viewer to experience within a particularly composed architectural space. This phenomenological installation provides metaphoric portals to sublime light and dark visions of liminal space based on an experience of being exiled in an alternate universe which is both tragic and sensual, sinister and soothing. Slow, mesmerizing animations play in seamless loops, meant to evoke an alien, viscous world of vascular tides. The animations are made from altered layers of abstracted still images. These photographs of light and reflection are taken in the dark and express conflicting and sublime emotions about the nature of light and dark.