Review: Voir Art's 'The Study of Light'

A piece by Andrew Severns included in 'The Study of Light.'

Voir Art de Fletcher one-year anniversary show: The Study of Light

Served Restaurant/Cafe; Jan. 6

The description of The Study of Light provided on Voir Art de Fletcher’s website states that the exhibition consists of artwork “utilizing light as subject or medium,” and describes it in such a way so that one would have expected a well-curated grouping of art by talented artists, hung tastefully. The actual exhibition was extremely disappointing, insofar as it dealt only very peripherally with light, was varied to the point of lacking cohesion and contained artwork of shockingly low quality throughout. No real concept or visual quality linked the work together in any sort of meaningful way. Pieces were mounted haphazardly, much too close together, and the venue’s black and light blue walls did not do the art any favors.

Andrew Severns creates images by adhering cutout metal shapes onto a black background, but the spacing between the shapes is sloppy and unequal throughout, which ruins the potential of the individual metal pieces to come together to form a whole. His other art uses black paint on top of metal plates to create images, with the unpainted portions forming the image so that it appears to be a metallic figure upon a black background. The approach is somewhat novel and could have potential, but devoting the series to celebrity depictions renders it stillborn. The only other piece created this way is simply the artist’s initials, adding to the corniness of the experience; fellow artist Andrea I. Mendoza also includes a painting of her initials that looks like a grade school art project. Her other artwork consists of photographs of colored dye, which are as boring as they are visually unappealing. Colored liquids, along with oils, were also utilized by Justin Cowan, on top of an overhead projector. The result was four colored circles with spots in the middles, projected onto the wall; the piece fell hopelessly flat due to a poor concept and poor color groupings to boot.

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