TRANSIT | Light Installations by Circe Strauss May 12 — July 8, 2017 | Opening Reception May 12, 2017, 7 - 9 PM (free) in the Iridian Gallery, 1407 Sherwood Ave., Richmond, VA 23220 “This work encompasses the intersection of religion, bad counseling and misinformation, experienced through travel on a crooked path from there to here.” Circe Strauss
The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond announces its next exhibit, Transit, light installations by artist Circe Strauss, May 12 – July 8, 2017. The opening reception is May 12, 7 – 9 PM. Reception is free and open to the public.
Charlottesville light artist, Circe Strauss began her career in Hollywood, where she worked as a special effects technician for the Los Angeles movie industry in the 80s and early 90s. Her resume includes 14 feature films, including Sid and Nancy, Pet Sematary II, Forever Young, and Honey I Blew Up the Kid, dozens of commercials and a children’s show. After moving to Charlottesville in the mid-90s, she focused on programming, combining mechanical special effects and computer skills in her latest creations.
Strauss claims she is drawn to the weirdly interesting, and tries to bring to light that which is hidden. Last Fall, she was chosen to represent the Iridian Gallery for InLight 2016. Her outdoor installation was called Swarm, which explored a surreal scene of a swarm of birds flying in many directions at once. The use of red and green high-intensity LED strobes produced the illusion of yellow birds with red and green trails.
Her upcoming show in the Iridian Gallery will be site-specific, light-infused, installations, designed to be experienced as three distinct spaces The work is both unsettling and energized by light sources. Strauss took inspiration from personal feelings and thoughts as a transgender woman. “This work encompasses the intersection of religion, bad counseling and misinformation,” as Strauss says, “experienced through travel on a crooked path from there to here.”
This exhibit is sponsored by Transgender Veterans Support Group, Virginia.
The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond is a 2000 s.f. gallery that fosters LGBTQ+ artists and their community by exhibiting their art, as well as work that relates to their experiences. The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Ave., Richmond, VA 2322~