GIIIVENS (they/ them) is a queer non-binary designer from Northern Indiana who currently resides in Chicago, IL . Armed with a BA in Fine Arts from St. Mary's College, GIIIVENS creates an interactive experience that consists of immersive light design, creative coding, visual art direction, furniture design, music composition, videography and photography. Their work has been shown in various capacities, most recently for Redbull at SXSW, The LINE Hotel, and The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, TX, Public Works Gallery in Chicago, IL, Bishop Arts Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and The South Bend Museum of Art in South Bend, IN. Outside of their solo ventures they are a member of the South Bend Museum of Art board and the artist residency board for the ATX based non-profit Brown State of Mind.
Light is the source of all life in this world and worlds beyond. It's energy that is simplified but not defined. I consider all my pieces to be simple configurations that are complex beings, the form of the formless; not bound by perception or perceived notion. The work I create uses Light, form, and sound as a means to create portals to new dimensions, connecting this world to the worlds unseen by the eye. Although the transportation that occurs may not necessarily be physical, light, unlike any other element can act as a means to affect emotion and perception of a space thus distorting reality as we know it.
With every piece I create I feel as if I am forging the creations of my ancestors and making these pieces in hopes of returning home.