Burlington City Arts

Clay Mohrman: Radiant Thought

October 23, 2020 - January 30, 2021

In Radiant Thought, Vermont artist Clay Mohrman creates an immersive light and sound installation centering on his personal response to emotional processing and managing anxiety. Comprised of plexiglass and lights, and programmed to mimic the neurochemical reactions of the brain, the sculpture responds to a meditative, ambient audioscape. Mohrman’s 8-foot sculpture is suspended from the center of the gallery and envelopes the viewer in a captivating exploration of meditation and its ability to evoke relaxation, calm, and mindfulness.

Working with collaborators Brittany Mae on audio and George Philbrick on interactive technology, Mohrman draws upon his experience as a designer and maker to create an installation imbued with purpose. Viewers experience a transformative process inspired by Mohrman’s relationship with mental wellbeing and his desire to promote the therapeutic benefits of art in public spaces.


Take a virtual tour of the Fall 2020 Exhibitions.





Artist Talk: Jan 14, 2021


Clay Mohrman: Radiant Thought is part of BCA’s ongoing series, Project Vermont, dedicated to experimentation by providing a setting for contemporary Vermont artists to push their practice while creating new work. Radiant Thought is presented as part of 2020 Vision: Reflecting on a World-Changing Year, a statewide exhibition initiative of the Vermont Curators Group. This exhibition is commissioned in part by BCA Center.
BCA Exhibitions are funded in part by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual ArtsNational Endowment for the Arts, and Vermont Arts Council.
Burlington City Arts is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image: Radiant Thought, 2020 (detail)