In light of the attacks in Paris which left 129 people dead and several hundred injured, 1708 Gallery dedicated the second day of InLight Richmond 2015 to the city of Paris. The annual event is held in downtown Richmond and contains light-inspired art, including sculptures, paintings, performances and video installations. Paris was instrumental in the founding of InLight Richmond in 2008 by the gallery. Nuit Blanche, a city-wide art exhibition, was the inspiration for Richmond’s annual art event.
“We are saddened by the news of [Nov. 13] events in the City of Light,” the gallery stated in a press release that weekend which was also the weekend InLight Richmond 2015 was held. This is the first year that InLight was held for two nights instead of just on Friday. Winners were announced by the gallery the following week. Best-in-show was awarded to Alice Pixley Young’s “Lightgeist” and New Market People’s Choice went to Eva Rocha’s “Object-Orientalis.”
According to a press release by the gallery, Young earned a master’s of fine arts from the University of Maryland and a master of arts from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Her piece in this year’s InLight Richmond “addresses the idea of systems, cycles and the change of light within the season.” Young’s piece, a video installation, explores how memory affects our psychic and physical environments.
Rocha is a graduate student in the master’s of fine arts program at Virginia Commonwealth University and a multimedia artist from Brazil. Her piece in InLight Richmond “explores the correlation between the de-humanized commercial relationship we have developed with the contemporary art object and the ways we have allowed ourselves to objectify other humans.”
1708 Gallery is located at 319 West Broad Street and can be reached at 804/643-1708. Gallery hours are Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gallery5 is located at 200 West Marshall Street and can be reached at 804/510-0488. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.