BYRON WESTBROOK – FIELD OF VIEW, PLAYED BY EAR
- May 17, 18, 23, 31
- Coaxial Arts Foundation
MAY 17 Opening – Byron Westbrook – Field of View, Played By Ear
This work-in-progress explores the transmutation of listening patterns into the visual field. In an effort to complicate sound’s demarcation of ‘otherness’ against ocular primacy, NonSequence takes the artist’s personal strategies of auditory attention placement and remaps them onto durational, single-frame video documentation of two field recording sites––specifically, two opposing banks of the Hudson River. These locations are further complicated by their own socioeconomic binary constructs as evidenced in particular privileged views of the landscape. This “binaural” silent installation furthers Skeen’s research into permeability of the self through listening, deconstruction of the senses as isolated processes, and the flattening of linear time through repetition.
Geneva Skeen is an artist and composer working in Los Angeles. Influenced by écriture féminine, alchemical metaphors, and a range of musical traditions ranging from holy mysticism to industrial, Skeen works with recordings, digital presets, voice, and mixed instrumentation. Her performances, publications, and installations focus on the contrast between facing the finite resources of our physical landscapes and their infinite digital representations. Her solo and collaborative works have been presented at REDCAT, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Zebulon, Coaxial, Human Resources LA, on the rooftop of The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and on the façade of the Armory building in Long Beach, California, amongst others. Her recent solo releases include works on Room40, Dragon’s Eye Recordings, and Crystalline Morphologies (2019). She is an MFA candidate in the Music/Sound program at Bard, a recipient of the Touch Mentorship program, and a member of VOLUME, a curatorial collective focused on sound-based practices.
Friday May 31
A Breaking Through is a new audiovisual installation by Yann Novak that takes inspiration from the moments leading up to a breakthrough. The work’s sound and color are in constant states of flux, always climbing and pushing out, but never arriving at a final form. The ever-changing conditions of A Breaking Through are intended to create an uncertain and introspective experience.
Yann Novak is a queer interdisciplinary artist, composer, and curator based in Los Angeles. His work is guided by his interests in perception, context, movement, and the felt presence of direct experience. Through the use of sound and light, Novak explores how these intangible materials can act as catalysts to focus our awareness on our present location in space and time. Novak’s diverse body of works—audiovisual installations, performances, architectural interventions, sound diffusions, recording, and prints—ask participants to reclaim the present moment as a political act.
Novak is a recipient of a 2019 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists. His work has been experienced through exhibitions and performance at AB Salon, Brussels; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California; The Broad, Los Angeles; Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles; Danspace, New York; de Young Museum, San Francisco; Fylkingen, Stockholm; The Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, California; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Human Resources, Los Angeles; Iklectik, London; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; LACMA, Los Angeles; Mutek Festival, Montreal; Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California; SFMoMA, San Francisco; Soundfjord, London; Spektrum, Berlin; and The Stone, New York, among others. His recorded sound works have been released by 901 Editions, Dragon’s Eye Recordings, LINE, ROOM40, and Touch, among others.
This residency is funded by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Los Angeles County Arts Commission