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The Eternal Present: A Solo Exhibition by Lucia Riffel

Published May 4, 2022

Tempus Projects presents a solo exhibition by Art Alum Lucia Riffel in partnership with Dashboard, an Atlanta-based nonprofit arts agency. The Eternal Present runs April 22 through May 27, 2022 with an opening reception Friday, April 22 from 7 – 9pm at Tempus Projects 4220 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603.
Regular Gallery Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-2pm.

The Eternal Present:
Have you ever scrolled so far you found yourself?

A waking dream amidst the buzz of the everyday. Anxieties draining from the tip of your scrolling finger. Beyond sight, and into the realm of feeling. Alone, held, in the solace of your own being. Present.

The Eternal Present poses the concept that dissociation through technology can provide a space for rest, reconnection, and processing. Enter the internal dimension where time and space become elastic. Quiet cosmic movements of the mundane hang thick in the air, slowly cycling into oblivion. Monotony mingles with the ethereal. Colors melt, portals open, and waves crash along illusory shores. The moment stretches, and pause sets in.

Lucia’s work leads viewers to the place between their minds and their screens, between space and time, between thought and feeling, and into the everyday sublime. She creates spaces in-screen and in-real-life that mix the surreal, cinematic, and commonplace through 3D animation and installation. Looping slowly yet infinitely, these spaces allow one to look through the mirror of the screen and enter a meditative headspace beyond as well as within. The post-internet culture of distraction leads our minds to occupy themselves in any way except internally – her work utilizes these same experiential stimuli to awaken interiority in a suspended metaphysical twilight zone.