Visual media art sparks reflection among Audience

The Linfield Art Gallery opened a new exhibit featuring a digital form of art.

The exhibit features the work of Daniel Heffernan, a New York City-based artist who focuses on visual and media art.

This is his first exhibit in the Pacific Northwest. The gallery is entitled AE: (1+2).

Heffernan’s pieces of work combine multiple forms of art, including movement, video, music, visual arts and writing.

“The videos are an interesting combination of audio and visual elements that allow the viewer to learn something different each time they view it,” junior Kate Straube said.

Heffernan’s works expose the building relationship between technology and performance.

“We employ ancient techniques developed in the borderlands of art to produce endless amusement, power, privilege, wonder and simulation,” Heffernan said in the gallery’s press release.

“My work looks onto this landscape where we both relish and disdain our roles as tyrant, prophet, chemist and criminal, where we wade alongside each other in a promise of meaning lying just beyond our reach,” Heffernan said in the release.

His works have been featured at the Soho Playhouse, the Clurman Theater and most recently the HERE Theatre, all of which are located in New York City.

Heffernan currently teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts, where he received his masters.

The gallery presentation consists of two videos, one displayed in black and white and another in color.

The gallery arrangement is minimalistic. This style allows for the videos to be the center of attention. An eight-foot wall establishes two viewings rooms, one for each video.

The black and white video has images of people with audio in the background. The audio does not necessarily match the images.

The color video is full of images combined together, focused on faces. There are also scenes intertwined into the video. In each part, there is an abundance of colors that give it a retro vibe.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

A video artist talk will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Linfield Gallery, followed with a reception.

Ivanna Tucker

Sports editor

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