The Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College (VAC) presented two new exhibitions this spring. Tess LiVolsi Amoruso: any space, any place virtual pilgrimage and Yiannis Galanopoulos: Unmanned and Inanimate ran from May 7 through June 23, 2011.
In her graduate thesis program, Tess LiVolsi Amoruso (Virginia Beach, VA) used photography, mixed media and video to document her recent pilgrimage to one of India’s most sacred sites, the hill Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. Epic landscapes, indigenous people and sacred animals were frequent subjects in this thematic exhibit. By using native sounds, contemplative space, lightly fragranced incense and randomly placed psycholinguistics, LiVolsi heightened the awareness of the experience for viewers.
In his exhibit, Yiannis Galanopoulos (Virginia Beach, VA) presented photographs that were colorful and geometric. Taken in urban settings where places and objects are often taken for granted and go unnoticed by the public, Galanopoulos redefined the photographic view. With careful selection and focusing on areas that were unique and engaging, these surrounding elements were given a new life in which humor and surprises were often found. Purposely void of any human presence, ironically it was the viewer that began an interactive experience with the work.