Chiaroscuro

2012 ArtPrize Entry
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Like a moth to a flame, we are drawn to light. The seductive lights of a city’s skyline are enticing but belie the dark underbelly of urban life. Inspired by satellite photos of contemporary cities taken at night, I created a light map impression of Columbus, Ohio. Using this light impression, I project the darkened map and cut away what remains. My work draws parallels between the growth of urban spaces and the consequences of this growth on the human psyche. The darkened light map symbolizes the fluctuating presence and absence of urban and biodiverse spaces in our lives. My work questions this unchecked development and asks the observer to imagine the repercussions.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 14'
  • Medium: PVC Sheeting, Steel Wire
  • Width: 8'
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 14'

Venue & Connection Information

The piece hangs from a lightweight substructure that must be attached to the facility ceiling. There is a lot of flexibility in terms of facility ceiling type that I can work with. There is also flexibility with regard to the overall shape of the piece, so having the piece fit or react to the space in which it hangs would be ideal.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: Yes
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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