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A Cold and Overcast Day: A Light and Sound Installation by artist Bob Kaputof

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James Branch Cabell Library, Room 152
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


Need a study break? Visitors to VCU's James Branch Cabell Library can experience "A Cold and Overcast Day," a light and sound installation by kinetic artist and VCU Associate Professor Bob Kaputof. The work will be installed in Room 152, located in the southeast corner of the first floor, behind Starbucks.

The installation is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593 at least two days prior to attending.

About the Installation

The installation is a smaller version of what was first presented as a larger piece during the summer of 2016 at the University of Central Florida. Inside an 8x4-foot rectangle are flashing blurbs, lenses, found objects and toys. The random flashing of lights and the arrangement of the objects create an animated effect on the tissue paper encasing the cube form. "A Cold and Overcast Day" debuted locally in November 2016 during InLight Richmond, a free public exhibition of light-based art and performances. The piece was awarded the New Market People's Choice Award.

"I have created a random narrative of images with light, lens and objects, which I liken to a dreamscape with flashes of electricity, which create shadows of ideas, memories and desires," says the artist. "I have set up a series of analog bulbs with lenses positioned in front of and behind them. These bulbs are flashing and are placed at different heights and distances from various objects. The objects catch the light of the flashing bulbs and create a series of patterns and shadows. The effect is random. The images can be singular. But often times the images occur in combinations akin to the firing of neurons in the brain. There is also a sound component produced by the flashing bulbs. By using an induction microphone and placing it directly on the bulbs and wires then playing it through an amplifier and sending it to a speaker, you're actually hearing the electricity flashing."

About the Artist

Bob Kaputof is an associate professor in the VCU Department of Kinetic Imaging. He has screened work at the Dallas Video Festival; the Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley; the Mill Valley Film & Video Festival; and other venues.


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