SEPTEMBER 8, 2012

THE NEW LISTENERS

On September 8, 2012, Space 4 Art will host the opening reception for an unprecedented exhibit for its gallery to coincide with Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair. This daring and intellectually stimulating show titled The New Listeners will feature the work of notable interdisciplinary artists, Jesse Sugarmann and Jack Ryan. Sugarmann’s bold works focus on mechanical interpretations of the human body whereas Ryan’s innovative projects deal with mechanized representations of the human brain. Combined, these two systems of work create an abstract and absurd (yet somewhat thorough) physical reinterpretation of human form and function, and offer a vital reading of a mechanically quantified humanity. The opening reception will feature 37 open artist studios, refreshments, and an onstage performance by Author & Punisher, an industrial doom and drone metal, one man band utilizing primarily custom fabricated machines/controllers and speakers.

Show to run: September 8 to October 13, 2012 Opening Reception: 6 – 10 PM Saturday, September 8, 2012 ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: Jesse Sugarmann engages the automobile as a totem of humanity, employing the landscapes of automotive design and car culture as conduits to social understanding. According to him, “Automobiles exemplify a fantastical and idealized sense of humanity, one prone to whimsy yet tethered to practicality. They embody the best and worst of human ingenuity and desire, offering a timeline display of both human absurdity and sincerity.” For The New Listeners, Sugarmann will be showing two videos from his 2011 series titled Silver Anniversary – a series of active monuments commemorating the Space Shuttle Challenger and re-enacting its disaster. In addition to these videos, the artist will be exhibiting a sculptural installation titled Wake Up Sleeping Giant in which he elevates automobiles into the reflective ridge of the desert horizon using an illusion of mirrors.

Working with drawing, sculpture, multi-media design and electronics, Jack Ryan’s work triangulates between personal history, the immersive qualities of sound, and cultural conditions of perception and understanding. While the visual world dominates experience, sound provides him with opportunities to explore a deeply physical awareness of space and environment. His most recent projects explore sound and visual form’s interrelationship and the possibility of the visual and acoustic as one singular aesthetic form. The works Ryan will exhibit for the New Listeners use strategies of bi-lateral stimulation and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) a therapeutic process used on trauma victims, often soldiers, to create an environment linking brain hemispheres for purposes of addressing trauma. Ryan uses principles of EMDR to shape installations that can influence neurological states from sound and light patterns.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Jesse Sugarmann is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, performance, sculpture, and fibers. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Getty Institute, el Museo Tamayo, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Banff Center, Filmbase Dublin, Human Resources LA, Drift Station, and the 2010 Portland Biennial. His artwork has been written about in publications including ArtForum, Art Papers, ART LTD, Art Cards, Art Fag City, Art Car Nation, ArtSlant, and the New York Times.  Jesse is represented by Portland’s Fourteen30 Contemporary and is the recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital film/video grant.  Jesse lives and works in Bakersfield, California.

Jack Ryan is an artist and independent curator living in the Pacific Northwest. He is a co-founder of Fugitive Projects based out of Nashville and a member of Ditch Projects in Springfield OR. Solo show exhibition history includes Maison Laurentine (Paris France), Archer Gallery (Vancouver WA) and Cascade Gallery (Portland OR). Group shows include The American University Museum (Washington DC) Powerhouse (Memphis), Brooks Museum (Memphis), Crawlspace (Seattle), Hunter Museum (Chattanooga), The Frist Center (Nashville), and Consolidated Works (Seattle). Recent screenings include The Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C), MICA (Baltimore), The IMAFY (Cairo Egypt), Dublin Electronics Arts Festival (Ireland), Ausstellungsraum Klingental (Basel, Switzerland), 21 Grand (San Francisco), and The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.). Research awards recently brought him to residencies in Iceland and to the New Media Institute’s Interactive Screen in Banff, Canada. Ryan received his MFA from the University of Georgia and previous to that he studied as an undergraduate at The University of Oregon and Hunter College in NYC.

Author & Punisher is an industrial doom and drone metal, one man band utilizing primarily custom fabricated machines/controllers and speakers.  Tristan Shone has performed and exhibited these machines in festivals and exhibitions in the United States and abroad extensively. He released his third album, a sculpture/art based album entitled “Drone Machines” in 2010 on Heart & Crossbone Records out of Tel-Aviv.  Author & Punisher’s newest record Ursus Americanus was released April 2012 and focuses primarily on Dub Machines. Drone/Dub Machines are custom made and fabricated from raw materials and utilize open source circuitry. The devices draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation, robotics and mechanical tools and devices, focusing on the eroticism of interaction with machine.  The machines require significant force from the performer, aligning he or she with the plodding drone and doom influenced sounds that are created. Alongside fabricating machines and composing sound for performance, Tristan Shone works at the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (http://ncmir.ucsd.edu) as a mechanical engineer and the Center for Research and Computing in the Arts (http://crca.ucsd.edu) and at the University of California, San Diego as a researcher in sound interface design.