NLE Presents : Jan Tichy

196 Stanton Street at Attorney Street, New York 10002


Politics of Light is a solo exhibition of Chicago-based, Israeli artist, Jan Tichy whose work emphasizes site and architecture and its implications for social structure. 

This exhibition centers around the themes of the seen and unseen through a social, political or visual lens. Politics of Light is a moody paean to light and shadow, to the ebbs and flows of what light reveals and what darkness hides. Tichy's installations are a fluid integration of diverse media incorporating animation, film, photography and sculpture, all invested with the presence of mechanical light- be it a projector or a TV monitor – fulfilling light’s role of enabling vision. 

Revelation through the metaphor of light reaches back to the very dawn of art.  But the title, Politics of Light, selected by the artist, refers less to the divine, than to the power inherent in the political or social machinery that causes any challenge to that power – from political dissidents to the urban poor – to be removed or hidden from view. The work also questions our individual tendencies to look away from inconvenient realities.

This is the inaugural exhibition of NLE Presents. No Longer Empty has identified a need in the artistic community. This new series, which in contrast to No Longer Empty's more site-specific group and thematic exhibitions, will focus on solo shows for artists whose work we would like to present in-depth. Over the years, many such projects have been proposed, but now is the right time for No Longer Empty, as an organization, to expand in this direction. Past exhibitions that led to formalizing this program are Remember the Upstairs Lounge by Skylar Fein in the Meatpacking District, 2011 and XYZ:NYC 10 Downing in West Village, 2012.

Exhibition Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 2-7pm

Programming below. Group tours are welcome. Please coordinate tours by emailing

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October 10, 2013 - December 14, 2013