Refracted Planes

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Oct 1, 2008 - Oct 25, 2008

Flanders Art Gallery presents Refracted Planes, an exhibit showcasing the night photography of Vicki DaSilva and the light installations of Mia Yoon.  The exhibit aims to consider the manners in which artists can capture and draw inspiration from an electrical age.  By purposefully meeting concerns of light and technology head-on, these two artists offer the beauty of contemporary trappings without resorting to a visual aesthetic that idealizes older eras or omits crucial aspects of modern-day living.

     DaSilva’s night photographs utilize a lengthy single frame time exposure.  She does so to record and manipulate movement.  By continuously moving fluorescent lighting along tracks and pulleys during the exposure, she produces blocks of color that undulate along the landscape towards the viewer.  It is a refreshingly physical approach in an increasingly digital field, but one which still retains the spirit of technological progress embodied by the photographic medium over the past century.  The result is a striking series of photographs that injects the electricity of light and its accompanying color into the stillness of the night’s terrain.  As she has honed her practice, DaSilva has worked to add complexity to her fields of light, a drive noticeable especially in her new Light Tartans series of which Light Tartans, Fountain Park #4 is here exhibited.
    
Mia Yoon uses her light installations as an attempt to force a seemingly intangible energy field into sculptural creations.  Her pieces, such as Cascade, an arrangement of eleven to thirteen horizontal boxes capable of being reinstalled according to the dictates of their environs, at first seem pristine exercises in geometric forms.  Upon closer inspection, however, they are sophisticated studies of blended oils that glow in an array of colors on proximity to their light sources.  In pieces such as Study and White Box, Yoon positions fluorescent lights against white paints to beg the question: “Which is most pure?”  Is it any one of the white hues applied by brush, or is it the energy emanating from the plexiglass boxes?
    
Vicki DaSilva was born in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1960. She studied fine arts at Kutztown University, concentrating in photography, and received her BFA in 1983.  Beginning in 2004, DaSilva started using a modular portable track system to allow the fluorescent tube to follow a sloping hillside.  DaSilva has had solo exhibitions at Flanders 311 of Raleigh, Art Gotham in New York, and Cedar Crest College in Allentown. Her group shows include Photography NOW 2008 at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Darkness, Darkness at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, a show at the Silver Eye Center for Photography, and a traveling exhibition that started at the Lancaster Museum and traveled to six institutions in Pennsylvania. North Carolina State University invited her last spring to complete a piece on its campus, and another series by DaSilva, featuring light graffiti promoting Barack Obama in NCSU’s Free Expression tunnel, is currently being featured on www.obamaartreport.com.

     Mia Yoon was born in Seoul, South Korea, and she moved to New York City in 1972.  She received training in the city’s Arts Students League and The Pratt Institute.  Her works have been prominent in the North Carolina art scene since her 1999 inclusion in the Contemporary Art Museum’s 99 Days program.  She has also exhibited in Artspace, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington’s SimmonsWright Gallery, and Atlanta’s Momus Gallery.  In April, she was accorded a special honor in being chosen by art market specialist Nicholas Forrest as one of the top ten artists registered with Saatchi Online.

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