Illuminated: The Use of Light in Contemporary Art, Art Matters Talk with Chris Clavio
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art proudly announces our third Art Matters presentation for 2015, Illuminated: The Use of Light in Contemporary Art. A New Mexico based artist, Chris Clavio will be speaking in conjunction with the exhibition of “Up in Neon” which features neon works from French artists Francois Morellet and Frédéric Bouffandeau.
Clavio will give a talk about his work as well as his personal experiences in developing light based artworks. He will touch upon the history of light and the various technologies available for its use in fine art. The presentation will begin at 5:30pm on Thursday, April 30 at the gallery, 435 S Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station.
Art Matters Talk with Chris Clavio – Illuminated: The Use of Light in Contemporary Art
Up in Neon features neon works by French artists Francois Morellet and Frédéric Bouffandeau. Both artists devote their work to light and space—by contrasting architectural influences and the organic. These works remind us that the tension of such seemingly minimal work creates a unique and fundamental aesthetic disorder. The resulting forms and images are highly provocative.
Chris Clavio deems light as his favorite artistic medium to work with. It holds the power to completely transform our world in a way often taken for granted. In January of 2011 he completed his project, Technicolor Fabrique, which involved designing and building an LED light suit. The suit uses flexible waterproof LEDs, has a remote control for selecting color and effects, and operates using battery power that fits in the user’s front pocket. He then made a short film about the project and the use and power of this light in every day space.
Clavio’s talk will begin with a slide presentation followed by a Q&A with the artist. He will address the current exhibition, “Up In Neon” and his corresponding relationship with neon, light, and space. The discussion will center around Clavio’s influences and inspirations and how these manifest in his creative light work.
Clavio is an Electronic Artist and Entrepreneur currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. His work explores the sublime and interconnectedness using light, sound, and interactive environments. His business, ClaviOn Unlimited LLC, is a platform which he uses to create digital media and interactive content in alignment with his artwork.
Clavio has shown work across the United States, most recently at Art Basel Miami where he presented his interactive Full Dome piece, Mind Chimes, which uses a brainwave headset to visualize and sonify a viewer’s brainwaves in real time in a full dome theater. The presentation will begin at 5:30pm on April 30th at the gallery, 435 S Guadalupe Street, along with the technologies that have made them possible.