December 7, 2006 – February 7, 2007
Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Spencer Finch, Ceal Floyer, Iván Navarro, Nathaniel Rackowe, Douglas Ross.
For these artists, actual light—natural and artificial–serves as a means to engage issues of perception, memory, energy and power. Influenced by the pioneers of light sculpture from the ‘60s and ‘70s, including Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman and James Turrell, these rising artists have expanded the use of light as a sculptural form to address a broad spectrum of concerns. Their work maintains the strong interest of their predecessors in leading viewers to heightened awareness of their relationship to the object and its surroundings, but it goes further in its literary, historical and political content.
Artificial Light is organized by VCUarts Anderson Gallery in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is curated by John B. Ravenal, The Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at VMFA. A full-color case-bound catalogue co-published by VCUarts, VMFA and MOCA includes scholarly essays by Ravenal and by guest authors Paula Feldman and Kathleen Forde.