Lights On Tampa 2006 Artists
Born in Austria, Erwin Redl has worked and lived in New York since 1993. Redl works with LED lights, but arranges them in a square grid with only a few inches apart. In his “fade” series, the LED lights slowly transition from red to blue. People have described his installations as “mesmerizing”. Redl states: “My work reflects upon the condition of art making after the ‘digital experience.’ The formal and structural approach to various media I employ, such as installation, CD-ROM, internet and sound, almost requires binary logic, because I assemble the material according to a narrow set of self-imposed rules which often incorporate algorithms, controlled randomness and other methods inspired by computer code.”
Janet Echelman, produced Line Drawing, 3-dimenstional sculptural scrims using theatrical and public art lighting. Janet Echelman builds sculptural interventions, which respond to environmental forces like wind and water. Recent commissions include the 1.6 million dollar waterfront wind sculpture in Porto, Portugal, and selection of her artist team's design for September 11th Memorial for Hoboken (NJ) which will be a free-standing island in the Hudson River. Originally from Tampa, Janet graduated from Harvard College, Harvard University, with Highest Honors in Visual and Environment Studies, and received a Masters of Fine Arts from the Bard College. Her work was honored by the Public Art Network as one of the highlights of the 2004 Year in Review. In 2005, she was elected to the National Council of the Public Art Network through 2008.
Jorge Orta (Rosario, Argentina 1953) lives in Paris. Artist and architect, Jorge Orta has been working on large-scale ephemeral works since 1973. Protagonist of an urban and social poetic language, he has developed many new and alternative forms to communicate: using mail art, video installations and performance in the early 70's, to large scale projections in the 80's. Over the last 20 years he has devised a polysemic alphabet of signs and symbols which allow him to address very diverse publics, and more recently he has been exploring the symbol "Heart" to consolidate art, mythology and science. Jorge's light projection work took on its veritable dimension in 1992 when he projected giant mobile images inside the Pompidou Centre in Paris and when he embarked on a human experience to project his signs on Machu Picchu Mountain in Peru. Since, he has covered the facades of the Venetian palaces at the 1995 Venice Biennale, and more obsolete places such as Capadoccia in Turkey, Cuenca in Spain, Aso volcano in Japan, Chartres and Evry cathedrals and many more.
The major influences in Stephen Knapp’s career have not been a particular school or series of teachers. Instead, it has been curiosity, history, books, museums, and the world around him. He is strictly self-taught and has been greatly influenced by the journey from photographic art to murals in metal, stone and ceramic, kiln formed glass walls, mosaic, sculpture in glass and steel and marble, and installation pieces in mixed media. Kiln formed glass has become a prime focus for Stephen because he finds it an unrivaled receptor for color. Light, color, movement - all seem to migrate to and play across the surface of the glass, making it a kinetic, vibrant medium. “By weaving abstract designs in glass, I am able to let the viewer bring more of themselves into what they see. Watching people run their hands over the textured glass surface in amazement continues to remind me of one of the prime roles of an artist - to touch others with mystery and magic. When people tell me what they see in an installation or work of mine - night sky, fossils, movement, archeology, technology - all different, all varied, bringing their own perspective to my work, then I have succeeded.”
Wendy Babcox was trained as a photographer, but in recent years has completed many works that incorporate video projection. Her video works have been exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art and at the USF Contemporary Art Museum. Babcox grew up on a tourist town in the south west of England and this geographical and cultural memory has had a profound impact on her artwork. “In recent years, my work has been imbued with the seductive nature of tourist culture especially prevalent here in the Tampa Bay area.” Babcox proposes to incorporate video projection in downtown Tampa featuring favorite Floridian tourist attractions. Babcox is a resident of Tampa and is an Assistant Professor of Photography and Intermedia at the University of South Florida.http://www.wendybabcox.com/
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Jeff Whipple is an artist, playwright and filmmaker based in Tampa, Florida. He has won awards for painting, sculpture, video and playwriting in professional competitions. He has had more than 65 solo exhibitions in galleries, universities and museums throughout the USA. He has participated in dozens of group exhibitions across the country and won numerous top awards in art competitions. His videos have been regularly featured in film festivals and last year he wrote, directed and acted in a video called "Chicken Feet", which won Best Narrative Comedy at the Ybor Festival of the Moving Image. Whipple won fellowships for visual art from the Illinois Arts Council in 1985 and 1990 and from the Florida Arts Council in 1982 and 2006. In 1996, he won a Florida artist fellowship for playwriting. In 2001, he was the first recipient of the Fulton Ross Award for Artists, a $10,000 grant based on career achievements. Whipple received a MFA from the University of South Florida in 1980. He has taught at several colleges including Arizona State University and Northern Illinois University. He currently teaches at the University of Tampa.
Whether intimate or monumental, Archer’s light sculptures attract viewers with their brilliant colors and vitality transformed into a unique and dramatic visual focal point. The light emanating from the work energizes the environment, integrating the artwork into its surroundings. Two-dimensional, three-dimensional, bas-relief, suspended or free-standing innovative light sculptures and architecturally integrated designs harmonize fiber optics and/or neon with a variety of materials. Through collaborations with architects, designers and community ageneis, and after research into the site’s cultural history, environment and physical, functional and aesthetic character, Tobey creates site-sensitive, relevant, engaging artworks. Her award-winning artwork is found in museum, public and private collections.