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A Quality of Light Exhibition

10 May-27 Jul 1997

Fourteen artists from the UK and abroad were commissioned to make work for specific sites in and around St. Ives in response to the theme the quality of light - a notion that underpins some of the more mythic constructions of Cornwall as an artists' colony.

inIVA invited four artists – Carl Cheng, Victor Grippo, Mona Hatoum and David Medalla to take part in the project ‘A Quality of Light’ initiated by St. Ives International, to create new work for various sites in and around St. Ives.

The installation ‘Current Disturbance’ by Mona Hatoum at the Newlyn Gallery set the tone by locating the exhibition firmly in the context of art in the late 20th century.

Carl Cheng’s work was also located in Newlyn Gallery, based on a series of experiments with reflection and movement on water. In his installation model boats were suspended above a shallow black pool.

David Medalla’s ‘Tea at Twilight’, an interactive piece, invited the audience to sew or embroider onto a large piece of silk. His project was shown at the Tate St. Ives mezzanine.

Victor Grippo’s ‘The Intimacy of the Light in St. Ives’ was presented in two site-specific installations. The first was located in Porthmeor Studios where blocked-out seaward windows left in a vestigial strip of daylight. The second installation was situated in the courtyard of the Tate St. Ives.

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