Demetrius Oliver:

Feb 1 – Mar 31, 2011
Thurs – Sat, dusk to 11pm
UVP Everson
Everson Museum Plaza
401 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY

Light Work and UVP are pleased to announce a work to be shown at the UVP Everson site in 2011 by the artist, Demetrius Oliver. Oliver’s new video, “Perigee” will screen through February and March from 5PM to 10:30PM Thursday through Sunday.

“Perigee” is presented as one component of a suite of three video installations by the artist entitled, “Penumbra”. In “Penumbra,” explorations of light and scale, movement and the rhythm of the natural world suggest journeys both physical and metaphysical.

About the Work

A perigee occurs when one orbiting body, in this case the moon, is closest to earth, which makes tidal waves generally stronger. The movement of the video describes the rotation of both planets and the alternate rising and falling of the sea. Its projection on the site, framed perfectly against the stars, transports the viewer into the celestial continuum where earth and its inhabitants are affected by larger bodies in space.

The other two components of the suite, “Mare” and “Penumbra”, will be on view in the Light Work Gallery and the Menschel Photography Gallery in the Schine Student Center on the Syracuse University campus.

“Mare” will be on view from January 18 through March 8, and “Penumbra” will be on view January 18 through March 3.

About the Artist

Demetrius Oliver lives and works in New York city. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME. From 2004–2006 he was an artist resident at the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, and from 2006–2007 an artist-in-residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY. His work has been exhibited widely, with recent solo exhibitions at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; Rhodes College, Memphis, TN; D’Amelio Terras, NY; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA and The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Notable group exhibitions include 30 Seconds Off An Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Your Gold Teeth II, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY; Black Is Black Ain’t, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL; and Frequency, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY.