October 4, 2010
And it was a great success! We had an impressive and supportive crowd come out on a beautiful fall evening to watch and listen to some experimental projection and sound. The space works amazingly in terms of viewing positions and auditory absorption, and I look forward to many more shows featuring similar artistic investigations.
I was thoroughly fascinated by Angeles Cossio’s projections of static and shifting materials, which continuously captured my vision. Cossio, in her artist’s statement, writes: “In my current body of work, I explore what happens when I insert something into or obstruct something in a pre-existing system or operation and see how it readjusts itself to the change. I am in constant interplay with the world, and my work is an active collaboration with these natural processes.” Her work on Friday night operated on this level of the alchemical and the natural, and the space in which they interact.
Mike Burton created a live paintamation, which absolutely intrigued the audience, who spent most of the performance crowded around his work table. Burton worked alongside The Mighty Vitamins, whose experimental sound production played back and forth with the layered videos of Burton’s paintamations projected on the wall behind them.
Jeff Thompson’s performance is still haunting me, one of those inescapable revenants which lodges itself into your subconscious. If you haven’t watched Zardoz (1974), do so now. It is an experience, although it will never match what I saw and heard on Friday night.
I’m already looking forward to our next First Friday, which will be on November 5, 2010. Thank you again for all of your support!