ECHOES: Universal Signals Chihuly Solo Show


ECHOES: Universal Signals is a solo exhibition of golden infused geometric labyrinths on mirror, canvas and sculpture. This exhibit references La’ford’s signature linear and cyclical geometric labyrinths as a journey to explore metaphysical relationships between light, sound and space. The interactive sculpture installation scales the wall and highlights LED luminaries with an embedded sound instrument and mallet echoing vibrant and hollow tones when struck.  The exhibit also includes an audio element featuring St. Petersburg poet laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace. 

La’ ford “looks forward to showcasing this new body of work at the Chihuly Collection. It’s an opportunity to reach a different demographic of art enthusiasts who may otherwise never come across my installations.” “My work reflects my cultural hybridity. As a first generation American, I move between my Caribbean heritage(s) and all communities to try to find a universal language”, La’ford continued.

Opening Night Reception
Friday, July 2 

Pleased to announce exhibition in NY - Incite//INSIGHT




Our work highlights the significance of insight as a transformative tool for the art and startup communities. Artists and innovators, like many of the businesses at CoLab-Factory, share a drive to transcend the ordinary, with major shifts resulting from sudden insights, which can create entirely new world views and inspire individuals.

This exhibit will demonstrate a window of opportunity through the vision of contemporary artists who arrived upon clever juxtapositions of concept and material that will spark innovation from people in attendance.

Loudest Line: Imaginary Boundaries - New Opening

Creative Loafing 

Creative Loafing 

Tampa Bay Times 

Tampa Bay Times 

Loudest Line: Imaginary Boundaries opening June 1 – July 20, 2016. This exhibit explores thesequence of recurring linear and cyclical geometric patterns, composed in an exchange between symbolic trajectories of rings, circles, spheres, and notions of totality, wholeness and infinity. La’ford positions painterly gestures as competitive parallels of life and lines as impacted by motion, movement, time and some faction of energy, affecting individual and collective outcomes. Comprised of large-scale canvases, works on paper and two reflective mirrored installations, featuring La’ford’s signature geometric patterning. 



Ya Levy La' Ford

Activities supported by the Rapid Returns Fellowship Award will include
Materials for artwork in Bankok, Thailand and Beijing China
Materials for the following solo shows: 
- Chihuly
- Installation in Brooklyn, NY and
- Continuing exploration of Painting Practice

Ya Levy Laford, Visual Art - is a visual, mixed media artist and professor. Her extensive awards include, 2016 Muse Arts Ambassador Award, the Washington Project for the Arts, TBBCA Culture Encounter Art Award, and MLK Service Award Grant from the Florida Legislation. Her work has appeared in galleries, public collections and as part new community collaboration ad special projects. Her perspective is “art mobilizes consensus or debate and is key to expressing the identity of Pinellas county and the world beyond... Art conveys a sense of community building and human inter-connectivity which I'm expanding to under-served communities to ensure wider appreciation, inclusion and celebration of the universal language of art.”