The Penticton Art Gallery is pleased to present our largest exhibition of the year featuring Bentley Meeker’s latest exhibition ‘Immaculate Refraction‘. He is an internationally celebrated artist and lighting designer from Harlem, New York. Meeker’s artistic practice is concerned with the properties of light and how they affect us. The opening Dance party will take place on Friday March 29th from 8:00 pm – midnight and the exhibition opening reception will take place on Saturday March 30th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm with Bentley Meeker giving a free artist talk and exhibition tour at 2:00 pm. The exhibition continues through Sunday May 12th.
Growing up between the United States, the Bahamas and Canada, Meeker was exposed to various forms of luminosity from around the world. He was 14 when he moved to Manhattan and his passion for light was born. He and his team have lent their talents to some of the city’s most distinguished venues including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Natural History, The Whitney Museum of American Art, National Arts Club, the CORE:club, Lincoln Center, and in 2016 he was commissioned by Michelle Obama to create a light sculpture for the Nordic state dinner at The White House. He has also been a multi-year featured artist at Burning Man in Northwestern Nevada, creating the lighting for the Temple of Transition, Temple of Whollyness and Temple of Promise.
This love affair with light eventually led him to establish his own company, Bentley Meeker Lighting and Staging, Inc., which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020. Meeker has built the company into one of the leading lighting firms in the world. Be it the weddings of Robert De Niro to Grace Hightower or Catherine Zeta Jones to Michael Douglas, New York Fashion Week runway shows, movie premieres or gala benefits for the American Ballet Theater and the New York Philharmonic, Meeker creates unforgettable lighting through creative design to the production of a brilliant event. He explains, “Light creates the environment, and the environment creates the mood, and the mood creates the experience.”
The Exhibition Opening Dance Party to kick off Bentley Meeker’s latest exhibition ‘Immaculate Refraction‘ is Friday March 29th from 8:00 pm – midnight. This is an all ages licensed event and admission is by a suggested $10.00 donation.
This exhibition marks Bentley Meeker’s solo exhibition in Canada and the second time Bentley has exhibited a major installation at the Penticton Art Gallery, the first being Weed World, 2017 part of their celebrated Grass Lands exhibition. The show will be open and on view Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm.
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