February 9 - March 16, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Artist Talk with Linnaea Tillett: Sunday, March 10, 4pm

A sound of light

Appearing around the bend

Barbara Campisi

“We have art so that we shall not die of reality.” Friedrich Nietzsche

In this all-encompassing maze-like installation, LEDs form colored lines of light when reflected off translucent ‘walls’, confounding any sense of orientation. The viewers, as they walk inside the piece, complete it through their process of discovery.  During performances, dancers wearing lights move through and activate the light-based artwork, creating moving lines of light.   “A Sound Of Light, appearing around the bend” is in many ways inspired by a previous piece, entitled “The Cave”.

The artist explains that “'“The Cave” originated in a cave in Cappadocia, Turkey, during an artist residency at the Babayan Cultural Institute in 2012.  The feeling of scrambling through a disorienting maze of ancient caves during my morning walks translated into a maze of colored light. Villagers visiting this cave were delightfully disoriented, reacting spontaneously by interacting with their cell phone lights.”. At FiveMyles, “A Sound Of Light, appearing around the bend” will bring this experience, on a larger scale, to the New York public.

The following events are scheduled during the run of the exhibition:
Feb 24, 4pm: Dance performance by Laura Ward and Cassie Roberts of Octavia Cup Dance Theatre, with music by Big Lazy
March 10, 4pm: Barbara Campisi in conversation with Lighting Designer and Psychologist Linnaea Tillett
March 16, 6:30pm: Dance performance by Pat Hall and drummers

About the Artist

Barbara Campisi has exhibited her installations and related paintings and drawings widely in NY and nationally. She has shown at Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY,  Firework Gallery, Brooklyn, NY,  Momenta Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in Chelsea, NY, the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY, the Gg Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, the Islip Art Museum in Islip, NY, 80 Washington Square East Galleries in NY, NY, Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Eyewash at Supreme Trading, Williamsburg, NY, Girdle Factory, Brooklyn, NY, Tenri Cultural Center, NY, NY, The Kleinert James Gallery, Woodstock, NY, Byrdcliff Arts Center, Woodstock, NY and the Candid Gallery, London, England.

She has been granted fellowships to the following artist residencies:L MCC and Creative Capitol’s Artist Summer Institute, the Bau Institute, Otronto, Italy, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA , Babyan Cultural Institute Cappadocia, Turkey, Fundacion Valparaiso, Almeria, Spain, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Ill. and Byrdcliff Arts Colony, Woodstock, NY.

Barbara’s work has been written about and reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, Newsday, The Woodstock Times, WG Arts + News, Cover Magazine and Waterfront Week. It is held in private collections throughout America and Europe.


Thursday through Sunday, 1pm to 6pm; or by appointment. 


Take 2, 3, or 4 trains to Franklin Avenue. Walk two blocks against the traffic on Franklin. Walk ¾ block to 558 St. Johns Place. FiveMyles is within easy walking distance from the Brooklyn Museum.


FiveMyles is in part supported by the New York State Council for the Arts, Public Funds from the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, the Greenwich Collection, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Humanities NY, and the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation.