Iron Gate East presents ‘See Memory’: The Paintings and Films of Viviane Silvera
Iron Gate East, Southampton’s newest art exhibitor, to host film screening, artist talk and opening reception for SEE MEMORY; THE PAINTINGS AND FILMS OF VIVIANE SILVERA.
Award-winning artist and filmmaker Viviane Silvera explores the intimate, personal nature of memory and the science of remembering in See Memory (2016), a 15-minute film she wrote, painted and directed, comprised of 10,000 painting stills.
“I made See Memory with the belief that the need to understand memory and how it shapes who we are is universal. The film combines art and science, giving a vivid and visceral experience of what it is to remember and be haunted as well as enriched by our memories.”
The 23 paintings created for the film portray a young woman’s journey to understand and come to terms with her memories. Told in magical realist style with colors that drip, layer and bleed into each other, the evocative paintings are a visual metaphor for the act of remembering. Each painting is presented with its own stop motion video documenting the making of the piece.
“Looking at Silvera’s work is not unlike exploring a beach in the dark—it takes some time to get situated and one’s path is not readily illuminated. But whether the eye goes to the light or to the mystery of shadow first, the viewer takes his or her own unique journey through each painting.”
Opening Reception, Film Screening & Artist Talk: The Opening Reception will be held Saturday June 30th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at The Spur in Southampton. There will be a screening of See Memory at 6:30pm followed by a Q&A with the artist from 6:45pm-7:15pm. This event will be free and open to the public, light refreshments will be provided. RSVP encouraged at www.irongateeast.com/calendar
Venue: The Spur, 280 Elm St., Southampton, New York.
Exhibition Dates: Saturday June 30th – Saturday July 28th. The exhibition is open to the public and on view 7 days, 10am-5pm and by appointment.
“This event is the first of several community events scheduled to take place throughout the run of the exhibition to foster dialogue within our community about the themes Ms.Silvera explores in her work, ranging from the role of cognitive psychology in overcoming trauma to the power of artmaking and storytelling to help us understand the narratives that impact and shape our lives,” said Iron Gate East Founding Director & Curator Kelcey Edwards.
About Viviane Silvera: Silvera has received several awards and grants for her work, including the Harriet Whitney Frishmuth Travel Award from the National Academy School of Fine Arts and the Edward Hopper House Award for Excellence in Painting. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and is held in major collections including the Clinton Presidential Library & Museum, Ziff Davis Collection, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Academy and Vanderbilt University. Silvera’s short, See Memory, was a selection of the American Psychological Association Film Festival and the Imagine Science Film Festival with screenings at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College among others. Her work has been written about in the Art Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Gotham Magazine, Time Out New York and Fine Art Connoisseur. Silvera received a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. www.vivianesilvera.com
About Iron Gate East: Iron Gate East is a traveling exhibition series, art forum, gallery and art market that curates year-round exhibitions and events throughout the vibrant art community of the East End. www.irongateeast.com