The art of New York-based Lia Chavez draws upon her fascination with the laws of the physical universe and investigates the astonishing mysteries of light, form, and the interior cosmos. Her multifaceted artistic vocabulary embraces performance, photographic processes, painting, sculpture, installation, as well as scientific, technological, and theoretical innovations. The body is her studio, and an intensive engagement with cross-cultural contemplative practice is the lifeblood of her performance-based work. Working with the idiom of photography, she practices extreme forms of durational analytic meditation in order to explore the frontier of optics through her meticulously documented meditation-induced encounters with light. Her work is an invitation into the vast inner landscape of beauty, forming a detailed, rigorous exploration of the phenomenology of light and the emergent possibilities of working with human consciousness as an art material. By presenting visions of the radiant cosmos within, the artist provides us with a reminder that our relationship to the world—both outside and within—is shaped by the dynamics of time, space, and light.
Her projects have been featured in venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial, Tate, the Creative Time Summit, and the Armory Show. She recently presented the acclaimed public art work The Octave of Visible Light: A Meditation Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as Art Production Fund’s artist-in-residence (2015). Recent solo exhibitions and performances include Light Body at the Farm of Isabella Rossellini, Carceri at Two Rams, New York, Tumult presented by House of the Nobleman, London, and Luminous Objects at the 2014 SPRING/BREAK Art Show. She is the recipient of major commissions from Art Production Fund, The Armory Show, and the Affirmation Arts Fund. She has lectured on art at many prestigious international institutions, including Oxford University where she was a Fellow. She is a visiting artist-researcher in the neuroscience of creativity at Goldsmiths College and Queen Mary, University of London.
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