Tribute in LIGHT
Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda

The artists, Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda, are independent artists and both former residents in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Views artist residency program, which was housed on the 91st floor of World Trade Center Tower One. Responding to an invitation from The New York Times Magazine, the two artists proposed an image of two beacons of light called Phantom Towers. The artists used light as way of “sculpting the plumes of dust” hanging above Ground Zero the nights just after the attacks. “It is an emotional response more than anything…the towers are like ghost limbs, we can feel them even though they’re not there anymore.”

Julian LaVerdiere grew up in New York City, received his BFA in 1993 from The Cooper Union for the advancement of Science and Art and his MFA, from the Graduate School of Art, Yale University in 1995. The artist lives and works in Chelsea, Manhattan and is represented by Lehmann Maupin Gallery NYC, Deitch Projects NYC, No Limits Gallery Milan, Italy, and Green Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland.

Paul Myoda was born in Wilmington, Delaware. For his BFA, Myoda attended the Rhode Island School of Design after which the artist received his MFA from the Graduate School of Art, Yale University in 1994. He is based in Manhattan, NY and represented by Friedrich Petzel Gallery, NY. Myoda has exhibited sculptures, paintings, photographs and short films nationally and internationally, and has written for various art and cultural publications, including Art in America, Flash Art, Frieze, and Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda are two of the founders of BIG ROOM, a Production Design Collective that specializes in commercial television advertising, music video design, fashion, and photography.

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