Michael Delia: Light Meditation

site-specific installation

"Light Meditation was created to bring forth light in the face of darkness."
Michael Delia, 1994
"I was creating a sculptural version of drawings I had been creating up until that time.
Also, it was a reaction to the found-object wood plate covering the missing window, so it was a site-specific event as well."

Michael Delia, October 2017

"The light installation was created as a site-specific appropriation: one of the iron windows in the corridor was removed for restauration purposes and Michael fixed inside the gate a found wooden plate with holes. The sunlight emanating through the holes made light patterns on the floor of the ambit."
Miloš Vojtěchovský, 2017

Michael Delia (born 1963, USA) is an artist/musician whose work spans a wide range of disciplines and media. His work has encompassed paintings, sculpture, installations and sound art, as well as music performances. He is currently based in New Jersey and Prague, CZ. Delia received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Moravian College in 1985 and, after moving to NYC, in 1987 he received an MFA degree in Sculpture from the School of Visual arts. Following graduate studies, Delia continued to live and work in New York, creating sculptures from found objects which were inspired by minimalism and African art. This period coincided with an interest in the downtown new music/improv scene happening at the Knitting Factory and in concert series' at the Alternative museum, Roulette, and Experimental Intermedia. This led to early experiments in sound using homemade percussion and African kalimba's (Thumb Pianos).
Sound was introduced as an element into his sculptural installations and found object sculptures resulting in homemade musical instruments and objects. In 1992, he traveled to Czechoslovakia where he participated in the first Hermit symposium in Plasy. There, he began artistic and musical collaborations with Czech artists and musicians which continue to the present time.
His work has been presented in various American and European venues such as Experimental Intermedia, The Knitting Factory, Exit Art, Threadwaxing space, Czech Center NYC, Galerie Kastrich in Mainz, Germany, CCNOA in Brussels, Belgium, Stighting Logos in Gent, Belgium, Het Apollohuis in Eindhoven, Holland, Hermit symposium in Plasy, Sound Off exhibition and The Rosenberg Museum in Šamorín, Galerie Mánes, Galerie Školská, Respect Festival, Galerie Rudolfinum. Stazione di Topolo, Arte Sella, or Mamu Galerie in Budapest. Michael has performed and collaborated with many artists/musicians/chorepgraphers, among them: Anna Homler, Jaroslav and Michal Kořán, Rajesh Mehta, Martin Janiček, Ondřej Smeykal, Petr Nikl, Miloš Vojtěchovský, Martin Alačam, Hearn Gadbois, Jennifer de Felice, Angelica Castello, Antonio della Marina, Alessandra Zucchi, Al Margolis, Phill Niblock, Katherine Liberovskaya, Sofia Bustorff, Jozef Czeres, Zsolt Sores, Jon Rose, Irena and Vojtěch Havlovi, and choreographers Sally Gross, Gaby Glinz, or Lucienne Vidah.