August 9 2012 at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Curated by Robert Crouch
Audio by Lawrence English
Filmed and Edited by Cindy Yeh
An evening of performances by Los Angeles artist Steve Roden and critically acclaimed Australian artist Lawrence English. Both Roden and English will perform new solo works, and will also premiere a new collaborative work as part of Roden's current LACE exhibition Shells, Bells, Steps and Silences.
This is the first Los Angeles performance by Lawrence English.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Lawrence English is media artist, composer and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He utilizes a variety of approaches including sound, installation, projection and polymedia objects to create works that meditate on subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to consider that which might sit at the edge of or beyond their perception. His pieces have been presented widely in Europe, the UK and Japan, as well as in the USA, NZ and Australia.
In 2006 English produced Silence Listening, a series of sound art works specifically for the deaf and hearing impaired. He published the book Site Listening in 2009, a methodology for engaging with sound encountered in public and environmental spaces. English has performed fieldwork in Antarctica resulting in The Antarctica Suite including the 10 screen, 8.8 sound installation The Monolith. His achievements also include the completion of a series of public artworks, a number of collaborative exhibitions, and multiple curatorial projects in sound for the Institute of Modern Art under the moniker Mono. Outside of his art practice, English composes provocative sound and music of which The Wire notes “the use of space and silence is remarkable” and Signal To Noise calls “extraordinarily gorgeous modern music concrete.” He has written extensively for publications orbiting topics of music, art and culture.
English also directs the imprint and multi-arts organization ::ROOM40:: maintaining a steady release schedule from an eclectic array of Australian and international artists and producing a number of sound and music festivals annually including Open Frame (both in Australia and the UK).
More at lawrenceenglish.com.
Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist based in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation and performance. Roden's working process uses various forms of specific notation (words, musical scores, maps, etc.) and translates them through self-invented systems into scores; which then influence the process of painting, drawing, sculpture, and sound composition. These scores, rigid in terms of their parameters and rules, are also full of holes for intuitive decisions and left turns. The inspirational source material becomes a kind of formal skeleton for the finished abstract works. In his visual works, translations of information such as text and maps become rules and systems for generating visual actions such as color choices, number of elements, and image building.
He has been exhibiting his visual and sound works since the mid 1980′s, and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including: Mercosur Biennial Porto Alegre Brazil, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, UCLA Hammer Museum Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art EMST Athens Greece, Singuhr-Horgalerie in Parochial Berlin, Center for Book Arts New York, The Kitchen New York, Pomona College Museum of Art, La Casa Encendida Madrid, Susanne Vielmetter LA and Berlin Projects, Studio la Citta Verona Italy, and others.
More at inbetweennoise.com.
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