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Project: Light-Proof
Date: 2001 – 2002
Location: Jesolo Lido, Venice

Properties of light inform my work as a painter. In 2001& 2002 I had the opportunity to develop this area of research into an international event, located on the sea terraces, beaches and riverbanks of the “Terrazza Mare” nightclub in Jesolo Lido, where I was a resident DJ.

Light-Proof began as a bi-lateral event for Italian and UK artists, expanding in the second edition to include invited artists from Los Angeles and Mexico. I curated the international section and Andrea Baldo curated the Italian artists.

I am comitted to engaging with people who wouldn’t normally attend art galleries and art events, and one strategy is to place art in locations they visit more usually, more frequently. Light Proof attracted audiences of approx. 3,000 people each weekend it was staged, a unique mix (at the time) of contemporary art and club culture. The exhibitions were deliberately timed to coincide with the openings of the Venice Biennale in Art and Architecture

These were low-budget installations, but rich in poetry and metaphor. There was no overall theme, except that of experimenting with light as a central element of installation, rather than something which enhances an existing visual work. Featured here are works by Tony Stallard, Roberto Serena, Lulu Quinn & Julie Westerman, Raimondo Paisini, Carlo Bernadini, Nigel Talbot, Jane Mulfinger, Melanie Jordan and Andrew Hewitt, Andrea Baldo and Alan Rogers, Martin Richman, Emanuela Ficcotto and Laura Schillardi.

Photographs: Alan Rogers.