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“Missing Pieces”, a solo exhibition by Eli Warren, launching on the Art & Light Gallery website at and in the Art & Light Annex (1211 Pendleton Street) on Friday, November 3 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Event Types: Visual Arts

Nov 3, 2023 6:00 PMDec 23, 2023 4:00 PM

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“Missing Pieces” was inspired by the toys, specifically Legos, that Warren played with as a kid. He remembers taking the pieces apart and putting them back together to see how they worked. As an artist, it felt like a natural progression for Eli to create a body of artwork from Lego pieces because it allowed him to revisit the curiosity that fueled his imagination as a child while utilizing the skill set that made sculpture accessible to him. The body of work included in “Missing Pieces” depicts recognizable yet unexpected scenes of Greenville, S.C. By using familiar scenes of Greenville, Warren connects the importance of place to the toys that defined his childhood. Warren states, “I hope the work inspires viewers to remember the sense of wonder and playfulness that we all had as kids before we had the weight of the world on our shoulders”.

To create the work included in “Missing Pieces”, Warren worked in Blender, a 3D modeling and animation software similar to the programs used in the making of movies such as Up and Toy Story. He creates the basic structures of the buildings, referencing satellite and street view maps, then turns the basic structures into bricks, making each window, door, and accessory individually using a combination of modeling, sculpting, and physics simulations to give them a toy-like appearance. Finally, Warren completes a composition using a 3D camera, adding colors and textures to each individual piece, and finishing by lighting the scene. Please join Eli Warren at the Art & Light Annex on Friday, November 3rd from 6:00 - 8:00 pm to view “Missing Pieces”. The exhibition is open by appointment from November 3 - December 23, 2023.

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