SACI Digital Multimedia students exhibit selected works in “Elusive” at OnArt Gallery in Florence.
Students in SACI’s Digital Multimedia course, led by instructor Dejan Atanackovic, exhibited selected works from the semester in “Elusive,” their final exhibition held on April 8th at OnArt Gallery in Florence.
Participating artists included Paul Byun, Karryl Eugene, Leila Helena Grillo, Anahat Kapur, Emily Koffsky, Tatjana Lightbourn, Richard Romero, and Candace Smith, and was curated by Dejan Atanackovic.
Paul Byun: Part of Me That's Three Wants to Come Out of My Mind
At the age of 3 years, Paul underwent a surgical procedure for his heart. This experience put him at the edge between life and death, completely out of his own will. Since he was still in his infancy at the time of the procedure, his exact memory of the experience has long faded. When the recollection of a memory is not clear, the individual can only conjure a fury of sounds and colors. Thus, Part of Me That's Three Wants to Come Out of My Mind is a work that portrays his honest reflection on the heart surgery, without regard for a realistic portrayal of the environment. The aim of the work is not to transport the audience to the operating table. Instead, the work implements contrasting sounds and impressionistic visuals to manifest Paul’s thoughts on his own mortality 18 years after the procedure
Karryl Eugene: She Dance with Her Eyes Closed
This video piece is about a memory of my grandparents slow dancing to calypso music at a backyard party. Through this video, I wanted to deconstruct the memory and create sub videos of each aspect of the memory. This memory works as snapshots in my mind about a beautiful moment that lasts no longer than 5 seconds in my mind when picturing it. This memory served in my head as a photo rather than a long visual recollection of this memory. I deconstruct the image to try and prolong and understand the aspects of what made that experience beautiful to me – through analyzing my grandparents, the music playing, the location of where the memory took place, and the act of slow dancing.
Leila Helena Grillo: Birds After Rain
When we die, once our heart stops beating and the life has gone from our eyes, there is a single moment in which our brain has not yet crossed that dark threshold and it goes through one’s entire life worth of memories one last time. Visions and emotions that no longer exist, cloaked in melancholia, some sparkling with joy and sun and others somber, only figments and creations in my mind. I have been obsessed with this idea for a very long time, a long lived infatuation for our last few moments of existence and the afterward. My way of dealing with and understanding my memories and emotions is through this installation. I was introduced to the concept of death very early in my life and my memories are all I have. Some are more delicate, left behind, faded and fragmented, and others lucid and vibrant with images and sensations, many of them bleeding into one another. As time has gone by, more memories of unrequited love, loss, and anxiety have clouded my world. My father passed away suddenly when I was six years old, I fell in love with a man who would never love me back, I slipped into deep emotional episodes and experiences, and now I offer my vulnerability of the dimensions of these extremely personal memories through this work. Memories are storms of my past senses and feelings, swirls of nostalgia and longing. The act of remembering feels as if I am floating through strange and altered passages of time, remnants of what once was, moments through a vast space suspended in time. Illusions of euphoria and reflections in tender words, a longing for things that were never there or are never coming again, crowd these storms. And yet, there is still a beautiful and painful harmony to the replaying of all these once tangible experiences and sentiments.
Anahat Kapur: Riddle Me This
This project came to life from a fascination and curiosity surrounding identity and its relationship to our physical appearances. I often found myself walking through the streets of Florence, so interested and intrigued by the different kinds of people I got to see every day; varying in their senses of styles, conversations and mannerisms. I was drawn to the idea that these faces make their mark on our memories momentarily but most often than not, lack definition of facial features when we try to remember certain moments. Similarly, unknown characters in our dreams are usually always recalled as foggy faces as well. This project reflects this idea of delusional facial symmetry that our brain develops by riddling together several different faces we see on a daily basis. The collage part of the project is meant to allow the viewers who are up for a challenge to use different facial features in an attempt to reconstruct faces they recall from their memories or dreams. Go ahead and riddle me this!
Emily Kofsky: Travel Log: Tapestry Toscana
Travel Log: Tapestry Toscana is a video installation depicting some of the joys, frustrations, beauties, and difficulties of travel. Beyond the experiences themselves, this work focuses on the concept of memory and the way that these experiences may be recounted long-term. In the rearview mirror, the details are not always quite as crisp and vibrant as real time, yet the inconveniences are outshined by the big picture. Travel Log illustrates moments of growth, immersion, sensory overload, and the pursuit of recording it all without compromising its intricacies.
Tatjana Lightbourn: B.E.
"An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience." -James Baldwin