The University of West Florida Department of Art, The Art Gallery (TAG) at the University of West FloridMr. Colorusso installed his temporary outdoor sound installation, Sun Boxes, on the CFPA Lawn on UWF’s campus from March 6, 2012 – March 8, 2012.

As part of a three-day residency, Mr. Colorusso will install his Sun Boxes on UWF’s campus and present a lecture on the project. According to the artist, Sun Boxes is a solar powered sound installation comprised of twenty speakers operating independently each powered by the sun via solar panels. Inside each Sun Box is a PC board with a recorded guitar note loaded and programmed to play continuously in a loop. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap, slowly evolving over time. Participants are encouraged to walk amongst the speakers altering the composition as they move. “Sound Art is an evolving and exciting genre of contemporary art that explores the aesthetics of noise, silence, the act of listening and the encounters of space, time, city and nature. Sun Boxes and Mr. Colorusso’s visit is an amazing opportunity for students and community members to experience a work of art that engages sound, environment and visual art,” said TAG UWF Director Amy Bowman-McElhone.

Mr. Colorusso is a musician and artist from Mount Vernon, NY. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Colorusso was in touring bands and eventually started a record company. His music expanded to incorporate composition and improvisation resulting in the pieces Tagmusik, a 24-hour performance in Bethel, Connecticut and Maschine, a composition for instruments and off-set printing presses. Slowly, these explorations extended beyond music and became aesthetic and aural investigations of light, sculpture and sound. These investigations produced a number of projects including MB 89, and CUBEMUSIC, both of which have toured the US. His latest project, Sun Boxes premiered in June 2009 as part of the exhibition off the Grid at the Goldwell Museum in Rhyolite, Nevada. It has since toured the US and was the subject of a documentary film and series of field recordings by filmmaker Kevin Belli. For more information, visit sun-boxes.com.

Genius Loci events are free and open to the public. For more information visit our website, tag82uwf.wordpress.com or contact Amy Bowman, Director, TAG UWF at artgallery@uwf.edu or 850.474.2696.

Genius Loci Visiting Artist Lecture Series is sponsored by The University of West Florida Department of Art, the Lefferts and Mabie Foundation and the

UWF Student Government Association. The series is intended to both enhance the curriculum for students and engage the greater public through an open dialogue on contemporary art and ideas.

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