Tuesday, July 7th saw the opening of the latest art exhibition at The Living Room, the music and arts venue operated by Owl Dragonash and Daallee. Sadly, I was unable to make the event, due to it clashing with another in-world appointment; however, I did hop over as soon as the opportunity arose to see what the latest in what has been a fascinating monthly series at the venue has brought us.
Sacred Light is a display of 2D and 3D art by Kiesta Aljon, whose work often richly expresses contrast pairings: light and dark, big and small, motion and stillness, and so on, in an effort to engage the observer in her work and encourage them to see the creative process through her eyes.
For this particular exhibition, several of these contrasts are on offer, both in the images and the sculptures which are presented on both the main and mezzanine floors of the Living room’s gallery space; and all of them are linked through the central theme of light and them impact it has on us.
This is a fascinating display because to the richness of contrasts that are on offer, both within individual pieces and between the various groups of pieces. For example, on one side of the gallery’s main floor are two animated digital images, both entitled “A Whirl”. Each offers a captivating contrast of fluid light against a dark, static background which is almost mesmerising. At the same time, and on the mezzanine above them, sits a trio of mandalas, all of which again offer a rich contrast of colours within themselves, while their serene stillness offers its own contrast to the perpetual motion embodied in the two “Whirl” pieces.
The title of the exhibition is also fitting, as there is something “sacred” to many of the pieces – not in any religious sense, but simply because the contrast (and balance) of colours breathes a special amount of life into them.
For me, this is particularly evidenced in the three pieces entitled “Ship Storm” (seen at the top of this article), where the colour of the sky and the shadowed vignetting of the clouds seems to breathe life into the ships themselves, giving them form an existence entirely of their own. But the feeling is also true in many – if not all – of the other works exhibited here; so much so that you could find yourself contemplating various pieces individually and collectively for longer than you might have anticipated. I know I did.
July brings with it another Thursday of music to The Living Room. On July 16th, Jed Luckless will be taking to the stage at 17:00 SLT, and will be followed at 18:00 by Bandit Eddingham. Sacred Light itself will remain open throughout the month, and will feature a special closing party on Tuesday, July 28th, with Lazarus Doghouse presiding over the music (time TBA at the time of going to press).