Excerpts from “Exiled in Light”

Φως :|: Light Standing barefoot at a window in the dark room, I reach out one finger and pull aside the curtain for a peek. A bright narrow beam of light streams through the tiny opening. A white-gold blade, it cuts through the air and lands on the floor near my foot. I move my…

Blue Veils

This is a third video as part of the Exiled in Light :|: Never(W)here series. Click the link below: Blue Veils  

Solar

Evocative of solar winds, this video is part of the Never(W)here installation. To view the video: Click this link Solar

The Sublime Light & Dark: Concepts behind the installations.

The vision for this work will be a two-room “diptych” installation. It is an immersive installation expressing sublime experiences of light and darkness. Photo-sensitivity and hyper-awareness are catalysts for the work. Room ONE is a room of overwhelming immersion inside a space of digital projections (described below) COME IN! The Sublime Light & Dark: An Experiment in…

NeverWhere : / : Visions of Alternate Worlds

I’ve been working on these slow animation tests for a physical and digital installation. Each video is a portal, a window, a glimpse into an alternate world ruled by light even as one seeks the darkness. Glimpses into alternate worlds        Inner places of membrane,                   corpuscles,                       cells, genes… Non-terrestrial visions       of star systems, of the                    unknown          sublime     and                inexplicable…

Immersive Space with Diane Thater

November 11, 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago If you know my work, then you know why THIS is the show of the year! How wonderful to experience Diane Thater’s The Sympathetic Imagination, as I am just beginning to work with projections and immersive environments. To quote the MCA introduction, “At the heart of Thater’s…

A New Killer Star

Light and Space Channeling my love of alternate dimensions and outer space to convey a sense of sublime alienation. All photographs are the sole property of Valerie Xanos In-Camera Editing The Process All of these images are straight from the camera, no post-production work in Lightroom or Photoshop other than some cropping. The color intensity…

Through The Wormhole

A Still Life in the Dark Exploring my relationship with light and dark. Thinking, Thinking, Thinking..  Traveling through the wormhole. Otherworldly, Transformation, Alienation, Isolation, Immersion, Sinister…Sublime BACK IN THE STUDIO Shooting still images. I love experimenting with aperture and speed settings while taking photos. I’m very interested in obscuring and abstracting the view of what…

Light – what are others doing?

I have loved looking into other artists who use light. Right now, just watching, listening, and absorbing. Consolation: Smoky, fiery performances. Beautiful sculptures of smoke, soft colors and intense colors. Then come the explosions of lights inside the layers of chromatic clouds. Sublime, Beautiful, terrifying, apocalyptic, and heavenly. Cai Guo Qiang Sky Ladder Revisiting materiality:…

The Sublime Light and Dark

This work is about the artist’s personal relationship with light and dark. The photographs are taken in the darkest of night and intended to express conflicting and sublime emotions about the nature of light and dark, and the physical/psychological responses of the artist.