Contemporary Video Art Showing at Convention Center

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Virginia Beach Convention Center will present contemporary video art on its video walls during the holidays. The wall will showcase contemporary video artists Daniel Phillips, Tricia McLaughlin and Robert Drummond, selected by the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission from a national pool of artists to create videos for the four 90-foot-wide, 9-foot-high walls. 

The self-guided viewings are free and open to the public by entering through Hall A.  There will be no staged seating or concessions. Each piece is a few minutes. The art will run Dec. 21 to 23, 28 to 30 – 6 to 9 p.m.

About The Artwork:

Boston-based artist Daniel Phillips’ "Boilers, Chillers, Cooling Towers & Water Hammer Arrestors: The Hidden Infrastructure of the Virginia Beach Convention Center" regards the interior architecture of the convention center as a stage set that contains the activity and intentions of its occupants and mechanical devices.

Robert Drummond of Los Angeles produced a high-definition video comprised of textural montages of nature and industry from around Virginia Beach, including scenes at the Oceanfront, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Pungo corn fields, Chesapeake Bay shipping, the Cape Henry Lighthouse, and Navy fighter jets.

New York City-based Tricia McLaughlin was chosen because her animated work was lighthearted, humorous and unique. The 3-D animated characters, Hefty Man and Slender Woman, are shown going about their daily lives in fictitious environments, including a virtual aquarium.

For more information about the Virginia Beach Convention Center, visit

For more information about the artists, visit and and Daniel Phillips via the Dodge Gallery