Symmes Gardner

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1,001 Lux, 2016.

About the Artwork

1,001 Lux is a three-channel video and audio work that explores light as an emotional and architectural determinate by using appropriated imagery from a variety of films from different eras and genres. The entire program is 10-minutes in length.

The first half of the program of 1,001 Lux features fireworks, car lights, flashlights, candles, torches, cigarettes as well as all forms of electric light to expose the directional and interpretative power of light. The second half of the program includes water as a primary vehicle for exploring light. Throughout the entire program, natural sources of light such as the sun, moon, stars and lightning are also presented. A multi-layered sound track accompanies 1,001 Lux.

1,001 Lux premiered in 2016 as part of LightCity Baltimore. The work was projected on the National Aquarium Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and measured 30 ft. across by 40 ft. in height. Since that time, 1,001 Lux has been presented at a number of venues. Its most recent presentation was held at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in 2020.

The term 1,000 Lux refers to luminance of an overcast day or typical TV studio lighting.”

About the Artist

Symmes Gardner splits his studio practice between video installation and painting. He has presented his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions and public screenings including Light City Baltimore, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, International Short Film Festival, Fundacion Octaedro (Ecuador), InLight Richmond, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Exit Art, SHIMMER, Station 923, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Lancaster Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore.

He holds an MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and a BFA in Painting from the Philadelphia College of Art. Other institutions and programs attended include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Graduate Painting Program at Brooklyn College.