Light is Everything
BOOK RELEASE and LAUNCH PARTY / 12 December 2013 / New York NY, USA
The photography monograph, Lia Chavez: A Thousand Rainbows, is released by the Italian publisher Damiani in the fall of 2013. A Thousand Rainbows is a body of 25 large-scale photographic works exploring the nature of interpersonal, material and spiritual relationships through the manipulation of light. The photography monograph gathers together this new body of work and comprehensively discusses the science and mysticism underpinning it, specifically examining Chavez's treatment of the nude as a vehicle for exploring a topology of the universe. The book features insightful essays by cultural critic Andrea Codrington Lippke and cultural historian Mark Sprinkle and a foreword written by Lia Chavez.
The book release will be accompanied by a series of events, including a book launch party celebrated in partnership with Donna Karan and ARTBOOK at Donna Karan's Madison Avenue boutique on December 12, 2013 from 6-8pm with a private reception. Chavez will sign copies of her new monograph. Book sales will be provided by ARTBOOK. Guests will enjoy a discount on Donna Karan’s new collection and percentage of event proceeds will benefit the new visual art performance organization, Performa.
To purchase, visit ARTBOOK.com.
AUCTION / 18 November 2013 / New York NY, USA
Chavez's photographic work, Causal Loop, is included alongside the work of Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, among others, in the Stephen Petronio Company benefit auction.
Causal Loop, 2011. Archival pigment print. 10 X 16 5/8 inches. 1 of 10, 2 Artist Proofs.
ART SALON / 17 NOVEMBER 2013, 2-5pm / New York NY, USA
Lia curates and moderates a salon on the topic of Creative Process in conjunction with Swiss painter Chrissy Angliker's solo exhibition at Culturefix's Superchief Gallery in the Lower East Side. RSVP
ARTIST TALK / 30 October 2013 / Seattle WA, USA
Lia is giving a lecture on her latest photography work currently on show at the Seattle Pacific Art Center.
ARTICLE / 9 November 2013 / New York NY, USA
Lia's article on creative process Why Failure is the Best Friend of Creative Innovation is featured as part of TED Weekends.
ARTICLE / 16 October 2013 / New York NY, USA
Lia's article Choreographing Consciousness and Galvanizing Creativity is published in The Huffington Post.
EXHIBITION / 8 October - 3 December 2013 / Seattle WA, USA
The exhibition, Hide and Seek: Photography and the Body, opens at Seattle Pacific Art Center. The show will feature works from Lia's series, A Thousand Rainbows. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue. Curated by Katie Kresser. Reception: October 8, 2013; 5-7pm. Free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday: 9-5pm.
Curator's note: So often the photograph reveals: from Eadweard Muybridge’s pictures of equine locomotion to Cindy Sherman’s feminine stereotypes, the photograph uncovers what is hidden both to the eye and to the conscious mind. The body, on the other hand, is often covered: in the long Western tradition the feminine body, especially, has been robed, veiled and encrusted with ornamentation - and latterly airbrushed and “perfected” - but it is seldom shown in its native vulnerability. In Hide and Seek: Photography and the Body, five contemporary artists explore the space between the hiding and the revealing of the human form. Ariana Page Russell explores the connection between nakedness and woundedness, while Lia Chavez celebrates the mystical beauty of the nude human body. In different ways, Maggie Carson Romano and Kent Anderson Butler highlight the subtle uniqueness of each naked human form. Zack Bent, meanwhile, explores a visual language of hiddenness in his tender family portraits. - Katie Kresser
Art Salon / 29 JULY 2013 / NEW YORK NY, USA
Chavez curated and moderated a Surrealism Salon for Performa. She welcomed over 80 guests from within the New York art community to her studio for an evening which featured Surrealist nail art, Dada-inspired canapés and Elsa Schiaparelli’s fashion. The event was staged in anticipation of the Performa 13 biennial and featured curators and artists of Performa 13 alongside two world-renowned psychotherapists. She lead a discussion exploring how Surrealism’s key tenants -- namely, the primacy of desire and the central role of the unconscious -- can be viewed through a lens of contemporary love, performativity and the digital revolution. The event was a critical success in the art press, receiving positive reviews from both Blouin ArtInfo and Art Observed.