2019 Faculty Biennial Exhibition

Still from Brush Mind: Second Hand

The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History’s 2019 Faculty Biennial Exhibition opens today. I’m showing three works:

  • Brush Mind: Second Hand – a collaboration with Jane Cassidy and Hank Lazer (a still from the piece is above)
  • Pink Noise – a new piece of sound art
  • A Work of Art for Every Entry in Index—Subjects—Library of Congress – a new piece of generative computer art

Two other new faculty are exhibiting work:  Jonathan Cumberland and Wade MacDonald. Featured artists also include William DooleyAllison GrantJason GuynesChris JordanSarah MarshallGiang PhamPete SchulteSky ShinemanBryce Speed, and Craig Wedderspoon.

The exhibit runs through October 11, 2019. Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 5 from 5-7pm.

Hank Lazer in Tablet

The South’s Greatest Jewish Poet Strikes Zen Gold

Here‘s an engaging snapshot of poet Hank Lazer. Hank and I have been collaborating for the last few years. We have three new pieces that will be released soon, and our multimedia version of his Brush Mind 2: Second Hand will be presented again this fall. Stay tuned for details.

Carrier Hotel Victoria

Carrier Hotel Victoria Quartet score excerpt

My new string quartet will be premiered at Chamber Music @ AEIVA. Carrier Hotel Victoria was written in response to Irene Grau‘s exhibit. Her work and mine both reference Alphonse Allais’ collection of monochromes, Album Primo Avrilesque. The quartet unfolds with each musician proceeding independently, as if reading through Allais’ book of colors—the resulting mixtures generating subtle variations of the monochromes.

Chamber Music @ AEIVA
Thursday February 21
5:00 Reception
5:30 Concert
Free and open to the public

Performers:
Sarah Nordlund Dennis, violin
Pei-Ju Wu, violin
Zak Enikeev, viola
Laura Usiskin, cello
Christopher Steele, piano

…about the size of a… Birmingham New Music Festival

I’ll be performing …about the size of a fist and located slightly to the left of… at the Birmingham New Music Festival electroacoustic concert.

Thursday October 18 7:00pm
Birmingham New Music Festival
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Hulsey Recital Hall
950 13th Street South
Birmingham AL

The piece is an improvisation (composed instrument?) using a custom mapping of an off-the-shelf MIDI fader box (the Korg nanokontrol2 pictured above). The typical position information of each fader/knob is ignored in favor of gestural information about how the control is manipulated over time. This transforms the controls into virtual bellows on a pump organ or springs in a wind-up toy.

I’ll also share the stage with Geni Skendo and LaDonna Smith for an improvisation.

Badstar at iCAT

I had a great time playing in the Badstar production last week at the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (iCAT) at Virginia Institute of Technology in Blacksburg, Virginia.

L to R: Zach Duer, Brandon Hale, Andre Foisy, Denver Nuckolls, Charles Nichols, Holland Hopson. Not pictured: Jon Rugh

And here are a few photos from rehearsals.

More documentation to come.