January 15- February 20, 2010
Saturday, February 20
Nathan Lareau seeks out elements of music that exist in the physical world using various methods of visual and acoustic mapping by instruments that he invents and constructs. These are not exclusively “musical” instruments, but also instruments in a scientific sense, used as collectors of symbiotic acoustic and visual data. This data is the raw material and stimulus for the construction of multi-sensory compositions. The combination of all elements- the physical, visual, aural, interactive, improvisational- presents what visitors may consider ordinary as something extraordinary, something worth further investigation and delight.
about the artists
Nathan Lareau’s interest in the combination of music and visual art stems from his studies at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI (BFA in sculpture, minor in music, 2005), where he learning to think in strategies of jazz. This allowed him to consider the relationship of music to art and to form his own improvisational approach that permits instant translation of sensual observation into musical language. He sees music as something shaped by our physical surroundings, something that is able to extract data from real life. Native to the Grand Rapids area, Lareau now lives in Athens, OH (MFA in studio art, Ohio University, 2009).
Smith Townsend Collaborative: The Triumph
Overlap both permeates and inspires the works of Smith Townsend Collaborative. Overlap is present in the early stages of their work together in their ideas, concepts, and languages. It is then continued in the creative process as their energies are combined to bring those overlapped ideas to fruition, as well as in the materials used to create the work. With this in mind, Brandon Smith and Travis Townsend state, "There is a moment when once disparate ideas become literally attached through the ropes of metaphor and material. There are many and varied things that the individual pulls through all of their lives. These things occupy the moments and space between great actions." The Triumph, to Smith and Townsend, is the moment when we see the overlap between the individual and society, as they combine their efforts to figuring out what to try next when technology fails.
about the artists
Travis Townsend is an Instructor at Eastern Kentucky University and taught previously at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, and Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, NJ. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (2000) and his BS from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania (1996). Recent solo exhibitions include Renovated Flightless Devices at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, OH (2007) and Sculpture + Painting at New Arts Program in Kutztown, PA (2007).Artists’ Website
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