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Regina Silveira

Quimera

November 23 – December 22, 2019

Quimera, 2003 Gobo projection and cut vinyl adhesive 

Quimera, 2003
Gobo projection and cut vinyl adhesive 
Dimensions variable 

 

Press Release

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Quimera is described by the artist as a “visual paradox” in that the illusion of a single lit lightbulb casts a dark, looming shadow, instead of illuminating the space with light. For decades, Silveira has explored skiagraphia (the study of light and shadows) in her multidisciplinary practice. In many works, shadows are elongated and distorted, subverting their original reference points, and encouraging subversive interpretations. In Quimera, the uncanny paradox is illustrated through the impossible shadow of the lightbulb. The single, dangling lightbulb invites associations with the darkened interrogation room or perhaps even a torture chamber, alluding to the sense of foreboding in these spaces. Perception, for Silveira, is a malleable playing field, in which the artist’s imagination plays a critical role. In Quimera, light and darkness are simultaneously complementary and contradictory, destabilizing the viewer’s sense of space.