Le Xi Dark Sky multimedia installation curated by CX Silver Gallery at The Corner of The Colonial Theater, 89 Main St., Keene, NH. To view this installation, inquire at the box office or contact The Colonial Theatre‘s Director of Education & Community Engagement Vicky Pittman or, if planning ahead, contact the Gallery.
Le Xi uses non-traditional materials working in two and three dimensions and animation film. He approaches light, shadow, time, and space in a constant state of watchful experimentation leading to the development of kinetic video art pieces. His exploration is an attunement and blurring of the boundaries between substance and shadow, reality and imagination, art and life, as energized by rhythm and movement. His work suggests the struggle between contradictions.
“I am interested in the space between object and shadow in which, I believe, art exists. A dramatic relationship is between structure and sensibility, created by repetition, change, shifts, and the fluidity of action – therein, a disregard for boundaries between time and space. In this pursuit of of an infinite in-between space, the drive is to exist in the space between the contradictions, finding parallels and commonalities. In this parallel space, it’s harmonious and free, always experienced as a beautiful existence. In this space, there is time, touch, interaction. My reflection may be a picture or an influence, but is not just a picture. I am asking what the difference is between thinking and doing, The gap between them is a realm of action. My task in artistic creation is to share this experience with the world.”
Based in Chongqing, Vermont and New York, Le Xi grew up in China. He trained at the Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts from 1989 to 1991. He has an MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York and is on the faculty of Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts. As part of the contemporary Chinese art scene, Le Xi’s video installations have appeared in China, the United States, Italy and Denmark.
Le Xi approaches light, shadow, time, and space in a constant state of watchful experimentation leading to the development of kinetic video art pieces. His exploration is an attunement and blurring of the boundaries between substance and shadow, reality and imagination, art and life, as energized by rhythm and movement.
“Energy fuels the mystery of life from the water wheel and car wheel to the CD ROM and the i-Phone. Energy sparks the foundation of cycles, the thrusting out and coming back from the artificially produced worlds and Nature; from physical energy to mental energy. For people attuning to this energy, through yoga, the Internet, t’ai chi, channeling the qi, or whatever way, being in this energy stimulates the imagination, expands one’s boundaries, and even provides mental evolution. I appreciate that Poetry is a bridge over nothingness to allow the sharing of different imaginations and to free up singularities. I seek to abolish the separation between poetry and mass communication, to recover the power of media from the merchants and return it to the poets and the sages. Following Motion and Energy of Chi as trails left by others in space, I live to view these trails, by catching its e-motion and movement and experiencing the Memory of Trails.”
A workshop weekend on Saturday and Sunday August 18 and 19, 2018, in Michel Moyse’s studio at 81 Pleasant Valley Road, West Brattleboro, VT, a collaboration between Center for Digital Art and C.X. Silver Gallery.
Introduction to the Contemporary Art Palette: the integration of traditional and modern aesthetic practices through drawing, painting, video, sound, and computer tools.
The two-day program is free with lunch provided for a donation and registration is required. To register contact Michel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Adam Silver at email@example.com.
Saturday morning 8/18, 9 am – 12 noon: An introduction to tools used with aesthetic elements and questions. 12 noon to 1 pm: Lunch provided on-site. 1-4 pm: Application of tools and consideration of aesthetic approaches. During the morning and afternoon, outdoor walks, and viewings of film excerpts related to workshop discussions. Bring your own laptop or share the two laptops on-site. Recommended programs to install: 1) Flash 2) ArtRage.
Sunday morning, 8/19, 9 am to 12 noon: Develop and experiment with work started on Saturday. Collaborate with participants as relevant or needed. 12 noon to 1 pm: Lunch provided on-site. 1-4 pm: Culminating session. During the morning and afternoon, outdoor walks, and viewings of film excerpts related to workshop discussions.
Sunday evening 6-9 pm: 1) Potluck meal joining with Brattleboro West Arts. 3) Michel and Lee present their work and discuss art processes.
About the Presenters:
Michel Moyse, artist, filmmaker and teacher, is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Digital Art in Brattleboro, Vermont. Michel has an extensive background in film and experimental art. His multi-screen video artwork has been shown in the United States and abroad. Prior to his position as Artistic Director of CDA, Michel was Sound Editor in New York City for such directors as Woody Allen, Brian De Palma, Jonathan Demme, Peter Yates, and Otto Preminger. Throughout his career, Michel has been a working artist with a passion for experimental art and video. After working for many years with oils, canvas, plastic and glass, Michel’s work turned towards what he calls ‘motionpainting’ – artwork that transforms the concept of traditional two-dimensional art through an exploration of creative possibilities inherent in hybrid artforms that integrate drawing, painting, video, animation, sound and narrative elements. Michel is recipient of numerous awards and grants, including two Golden Reel nominations in Sound Editing and three Vermont Artists grants.
Lee Xi, video artist, uses non-traditional materials working in two and three dimensions and animation film. His work suggests the struggle between the limitations of life and its limitless perception, dealing with such questions as what is the gap between the reality and the imagination. Born during China’s Cultural Revolution, and now as part of the contemporary Chinese art scene, Lee has appeared in group exhibitions in China, the United States and Europe. Having received his MFA in fine art from The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and splitting his time between China, New York and Vermont, he has been teaching at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He explains his work process: “I have experimented with technology. I contemplate the transition from the mechanical to the biological. I have seen the unbroken procession from day to night, the cycle between sunlight and the world of electricity. During the day I follow the structure of the world as defined by shadows. At night, I conceive more power over the shadow by controlling illumination. I am interested in the space between the object and shadow, in which, I believe, art exists. A dramatic relationship is between structure and sensibility created by repetition, change, shifts, and the fluidity of action. By doing this, there is a disregard for the boundaries between substance and shadow, and time and space.”