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SPILL LIGHT (article first published : 2005-02-15)

Opening on February 15 in the Multimedia Room will be an installation by Vaughn Sadie titled Spill Light, the third instalment in the NSA Young Artists’ Project 2004.

Vaughn Sadie presents an installation that engages an urban environment, looking at public and private space and how these are affected by light. Symbols, elements and materials are combined to construct an ambiguous environment that places light as the catalyst that blurs one’s visions as you move through these spaces.

A Durban-based artist, Vaughn Sadie completed a BTech in Fine Art at Durban Institute of Technology in 2003. In the last three years he has built up a body of work integrating performance, video, photography and installation. He has also collaborated on several public events – including Redeye at the Durban Art Gallery, and the recent site specific performances Republic in Durban.

He was also a finalist for the ABSA L’Ateliers 2004 and participated in Negotiate at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

“Light with all its metaphorical qualities and practical applications; besieges our everyday existence, illuminating the spaces we occupy, affecting our social reality,” says Vaughn. “The nature of light is such that it can be manipulated and altered to illuminate objects and spaces revealing only the aspects that are deemed suitable or necessary. One can also see light as a device that is used to shapes and formulates ones understanding of both public and private spaces.

“Light hovers over the threshold between the intimate and the communal, the personal and the political. Artificial light is believed to have liberated the world from the restrictions imposed by darkness and eroding the borders between public and private life. Here it is illumination that has promoted freedom, by making surveillance possible.”

The Young Artists Project (YAP) is an ongoing initiative by the NSA to showcase new work through four exhibitions, a publication and a public seminar annually. It is made possible with funding from the National Arts Council, ProHelvetia and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

The exhibition opens on February 15 at 18h00 and runs until March 6 at noon.

More information from Storm Janse van Rensburg (Curator) on 031 202 3686, fax 031 201 8051, e-mail: curator@nsagallery.co.za or visit www.nsagallery.co.za




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