Location One

TONIGHT, June 14, 2011, 6-8pm: Sounds Good, a group exhibition, and Lucretia, a performance/installation based on Benjamin Britten's opera "The Rape of Lucretia"


Sounds Good

John Aslanidis

June 14 – July 29, 2010

Featuring visual responses to a collaborative sound piece by artists John Aslanidis, Katy Dove, Phoebe Hui, Sophie Hunter, Miler Lagos, John O’Connell, Gonzalo Puch, and Zane Saunders.

Curated by Claudia Calirman


OPENING RECEPTION:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 6-8 PM
DATES: June 15 – July 29, 2011
HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 12-6 PM


Location One is proud to present Sounds Good, featuring visual responses to a collaborative sound piece by artists John Aslanidis, Katy Dove, Phoebe Hui, Sophie Hunter, Miler Lagos, John O’Connell, Gonzalo Puch, and Zane Saunders. The pieces relate to movement, rhythm, vibration, energy, and the expanding visual field. The show opens on June 14 and will be on view until July 29.

Australian artist John Aslanidis’s monumental painting Sonic Network no.10 comprises four canvases that translate the vibrations of sound into a visual display. At first, the composition of colorful squares seems optically chaotic. This apparent chaos, however, is the result of a meticulously orchestrated, laborious process that recalls the madness of order. From far away his canvases look as if they are randomly composed, but as the viewer approaches it becomes clear that they are actually highly organized abstract geometric grids, with chance elements interspersed to interrupt the rigidity of his web.

Katy Dove’s work for this exhibition responds to the rhythm and movement that has been involved in developing the collaborative sound track through group improvised music sessions. Repetitive mark making, the action of ink slowly drying, and the geometry that comes from movement of the hand echo the human and textural qualities of the sound. The resulting works on fabric and in moving image suggest a psychological state inherent in these processes. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Dove is known for animations that juxtapose bodily motions with abstract shapes, mixing the organic and the geometric.

Hong Kong–based artist Phoebe Hui took inspiration from a harmonograph—a musical instrument made of two pendulums suspended through holes in a table—for her interactive audiovisual installation Granular Graph II: The Tank and the Pendulum. In this work, Hui invites the viewer to become a living pendulum, swinging on the instrument’s ropes and giving rise to a mix of vibrational patterns and sounds. Hui’s experimentations with music and kinetics also led her to create Vexation – for K, an electronic musical instrument that plays the composition “Vexation” by French composer Erik Satie. The audience can play the instrument by rotating a compass, thus creating a variety of tones through the contact of different shades of pencil marks on the soundboard.

British theatre director Sophie Hunter’s installation Lucretia is based on a fragment of Benjamin Britten's opera The Rape of Lucretia—specifically, the image of a group of women spinning at a loom as their husbands are off waging war. Hunter extracts various elements of the opera, such as the orchestra, the narrative, and the opera house itself, and deconstructs and examines them devoid of their original context. She then reassembles these elements to record an altogether new score—a densely collaged soundtrack made of both music and noise—drawing a parallel between the act of weaving and the recording or encoding of information and memory.

Colombian artist Miler Lagos reflects on the relationship between the natural and the artificial worlds. His five-minute video Attraction shows a heart-shaped red balloon plunging into the water. The impact of the fall is dramatically amplified, creating the effect of an exaggerated explosion. To create his sculpture Cimiento, Lagos began with a stack of seven thousand sheets of paper, each printed with an image of a woodcut by the Japanese artist Ottawa Hiroshige, and painstakingly carved it into the shape of a log. In Tree Rings Dating, four hundred identical pages from The New York Times come together in a mesmerizing three-dimensional collage—a spherical form with a transversal cut simulating the rings of a tree. The sculpture alludes both to the recording of the passage of time and to daily events, since it is made out of newspapers.

John O’Connell, a multimedia artist from Dublin, Ireland, is represented in the exhibition by a series of drawings evoking an intimate and dreamy environment. Built from a myriad of interrelated elements borrowed from his make-believe universe, the drawings straddle the line between real and fictional, process-based and result-oriented. To create these fantastical compositions, O’Connell begins with hand-constructed miniature set models that reproduce the imaginary landscapes of the artist’s poetic, whimsical, and lyrical universe.

Spanish artist Gonzalo Puch’s wall curtain juxtaposes disparate elements in unexpected and often funny tableaux, suggesting intricate narratives out of random elements. Plants, flowers, and pieces of food inhabit his curtain with photographs, sketches, and drawings, creating an open environment populated by the artist’s imagination. It is a world where chaos is not a threat, but a generative force inviting viewers to think outside of their comfort zone. Though Puch is interested in a variety of issues, including science, music, biology, and environmental studies, his art draws primarily on nature for both themes and materials.

Zane Saunders’s series of ceramic-fired clay wall sculptures are inspired by organic forms. His designs utilize a variety of waving shapes that recur in natural landscapes. Saunders was born in Cairns, North Queensland, Australia, where he still works today. He explores issues related to spirituality and the environment, often juxtaposing elements from nature and contemporary life. Through his use of raw and organic materials, he conveys a sense of the beauty and wonder lurking in the world all around us.

Lucretia

Sophie Hunter Lucretia

Performances
Tuesday, June 14, 7pm
Thursday, June 16, 8pm


Sophie Hunter’s installation Lucretia is based on fragments of Benjamin Britten's opera "The Rape of Lucretia" - specifically, the image of a group of women spinning at a loom as their husbands are off waging war.

The piece extracts various elements of the opera; the singers and orchestra, the narrative, and the operatic process itself, and deconstructs and examines them devoid of their original context.

These are then rewoven to record an altogether new sonic experience - a densely knitted soundscape incorporating elements of live singing, recorded instruments and mechanical noise. Parallels are drawn between the act of weaving and the recording or ordering of information. Single threads from the visual and sound worlds combine and resign their original identity to become bound to and part of each other - assimilated into new forms and patterns.

Lucretia centers around a room made of fishing wire, illuminated by naked light bulbs. Outside the room, several monitors are placed at varying heights. They reference the whirring and clicking of the loom, the sewing machine, cogs and connectors, the telephone switchboard, the spectrum of beeps and tones that provide the soundtrack to modern technology and women’s connection and interaction with them. The women in the space operate in infinite detail; they become agents of change and controllers of information.

Myth is populated with weavers, from Penelope to Philomela. In these stories and traditions, weaving is more than a domestic pastime; it becomes a means of expression, a metaphor for survival, power and faithfulness. Weaving in essence is a recording of information, a means to encode it, a system of memory and a system of creativity. In this installation, Lucretia’s looms are transferred from the domestic sphere and changed into monitors; exacting machines capable of decoding information. Instead of pictures woven in tapestries or yarn, these women weave in a digital visual form.

Sophie Hunter has assembled an international team of collaborators from the worlds of opera, film and theatre to create the piece.
Andrew Staples – co-director; Singers: Kirsten Allegri, Valerie Kraft, Sonya Headlam, Syvlie Jensen; Performers: Justine Salata, Melissa Mizell – Lighting designer, Sarah Outhwaite – Assistant Director, Additional video editing; Poppy de Villeneuve – Original video content, John Fitzwilliam – Additional video design, Asa Wember – Additional sound design, Jacqueline Kerrod – Harp, Raphael Zinman – Production

Location One is extremely grateful to The NY State Council on the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Scotland, The Asian Cultural Council, Fundacion Neme and N-ce Arte, Colombia, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, The Irish American Cultural Institute, and Location One’s International Committee for making this exhibition possible.


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Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One's residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.