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Vicki DaSilva’s REVERB – Able Fine Art, New York City Until August 30

Do you all know who Vicki DaSilva is?  I’ve written about Vicki a few times, she is a stellar and quite lovely light artist out of the NYC area.

Vicki’s got a new show open right now at the Able Fine Art Studios in NYC – a combination of light, commentary, and message, all mixed into a series of photographs called Reverb.  Vicki’s work has many layers, sometimes sweeping breaths of light that are guided by Vicki’s steady hand onto the photograph, sometimes quickly scribed words etched into the night air.  I love painting with light, it is such a process, like stone carving – except within the rigid structure of the stone, you must carve accurately with your light chisel in the darkness, leaving behind only that which will sustain – the mark of light.

Reverb has some pretty excellent works in it – I’m not gonna spoil it for you, but there are a few of my favorites…

Never Sorry – for Ai Weiwei:

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If you’re in NYC, go check out Vicki DaSilva’s Reverb.  It’s at Able Fine Art until August 30, 2011.  Go support light art!

An LED Spray Can That’s Not A Spray Can At All

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It seems like a lot of folks have been playing with the idea of light graffiti lately.  There are certainly some great light graffiti artists out there, like Vicki DaSilva, and some mediocre ones, like yours truly.  To honor the idea of graffiti in the pigment form, a French designer named Aïssa Logerot produced an LED light graffiti source shaped just like a can of spray paint – except instead of paint, obviously, the spray-esque can uses LED toppers of different colors, and a Faraday shake mechanism to charge the battery.  Sa-weet!  From Aïssa‘s website:

halo is a handy light-writing tool, preserving the techniques and gestures that graffiti artists use with spray cans. It is possible to change the color and the brightness of the led to change the graffiti’s styles. If the light doesn’t have enough battery, users simply have to shake it to have energy again.

Check this thing out:

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Pretty cool, huh? I really want one of these! Right now, my only really good light graffiti source is a white High End Systems LED flashlight that I got from Debi Moen when she was still working for High End.  I took some sandpaper and diffused the lens of the LED to make it more of an even emitter than a spot lamp – it works really well.  I keep it hooked inside my computer bag for those times when I need to paint some light:

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Aïssa Logerot’s LED light graffiti device is obviously much more interesting than my DIY device.  Mine works great, though!

Jason Eppink’s Pixelator – Turning Ads into Art

Vicki DaSilva turned me on to Jason Eppink’s ongoing unauthorized work, Pixelator.  I learned a few things from researching this project, as I often do – for one, NYC’s Metro Transit Authority is paying an estimated $274,000 per screen (on about 80 screens) across the city, located above subway entrances.  These screens blast ads and other media conglomerate events.  The cost of these billboard screens obviously decreases the amount of art that appears in these spaces – Jason’s project gives instructions on how to create a mock-screen-thing that turns these billboards into a series of 45 blinking, color shifting pixels.  You gotta check this out:

If you live in NYC or have visited NYC and seen one of these, post in the comments!  Check out Jason’s Pixellator site, too.

Well, Thanks for Nothing, United States Postal Service!

I sent Vicki DaSilva some JimOnLight.com stickers, and this is how she received the package.  It’s not to say that this kind of stuff has never happened before, but WTF!  I have to say that whoever has those stickers now, I hope they enjoy them and put them somewhere all can see!

How funny is that?  I paid USPS a buck fifty to destroy my package!  What the hell is wrong with this situation?  Did they think there were gift cards or something else that they could steal?

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Vicki Dasilva’s Light Art

I’ve been reading a lot about light art and graffiti lighting after I posted about the subject last week.  In a move of sheer brilliance, The Fates had Vicki Dasilva email me a few days ago – Vicki is a pioneer in the light graffiti/light art realm.  If you have never seen static artworks done with long exposure photography and illumination, then you need to see Vicki’s work.

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Vicki Dasilva creates an artistic brain trip – she gets to paint with light, creating tangible from the intangible, and all the while capturing the light dance in photographs.  Vicki’s work ranges from free form hand held work to mechanically contrived lines and patterns made of light.  Her work reminds me of a hybrid between Piet Mondrian and Jean Michele Basquiat – grand and stately at times, live and controlled chaos other times, but always sophisticated.

The fascinating thing about Vicki’s work and light art in general is that the process is really truly that – a process.  The finished work appears in one moment, and not until then.  We only get to see what the process has yielded.  Vicki was interviewed in an article at Format Magazine – check it out.  A quote below from the article:

“While in art school I became fascinated with time exposure photography at night as a way of creating images that involved principles of drawing, painting, sculpture, performance and installation. The work exists, as you point out, through the documentation process of photography.”

Check out a few more of Vicki Dasilva’s works.  Vicki, I love your art.  Check out Vicki Dasilva’s website.

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