The NARS Foundation hosted a SONIC MUD ceramic instrument performance with Kenny Wollesen, Kirk Knuffke, Mike Irwin, and Julia Elsas. See more images here.
The Weight of the Temporary
Curated by Elisa Gutierrez Eriksen
The NARS Foundation
Main Gallery (4th FL) & Project Space (2nd FL)
201 46th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220
August 9 - 23, 2019
With works by Yasmeen Abdallah | Keren Anavy | Niamul Bari | Frank Born | Jade Chan| Lauren Cohen | Julia Elsas | Lauren Gidwitz | Kathie Halfin + Bingying (Emma) Yi | Tenaya Izu | Daniel Jay Genova | Tadasuke Jinno | Sydney M. King | Abigail Levine | Ioana Manolache | Caitlyn McLaughlin | Robert Melzmuf | Elizabeth Moran | Joshua Nierodzinski | Xavier Alexander Petromelis | Jelena Prljevic | Andrew Schwartz | Liza Sokolovskaya | Elena Soterakis
For my final NJCF project, SONIC MUD: Ugav Nights, I have reimagined a mysterious biblical instrument, the Ugav, through a series of ceramic sculptures. The Ugav is mentioned only four times in the Bible, including in the very first description of musical instruments (Genesis 4:21). Contemporary interpretations of the Ugav describe it either as a reed instrument or a stringed instrument. Possibilities include: pipe, bagpipe, end-blown flute, vertical flute, water organ, panpipe, lute, harp, viola da gamba, or simply a love charm.
My sonic sculptures and other hand built instruments will be performed live at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on March 28th, 8pm by Kenny Wollesen, Cyro Baptista, Sae Hashimoto, Dalius Naujo, Mike Irwin and Rich Stein.
Kenny Wollesen and I will play my ceramic udu drums at the closing reception of Love Child, curated by Eleanna Anagnos, on Sunday, July 26 from 4 - 6 pm at Ortega y Gasset Projects // 363 Third Avenue, Ground Floor // Brooklyn, New York 11215.
More information about the artists in the exhibition can be found online at Ortega y Gasset Projects.
Kenny Wollesen and I will perform on February 6, 2016 at The Drawing Center. Our sonic and visual performance is a part of The Drawing Center's Basement Performanceswhich is curated by renowned composer and performer John Zorn. Other musicians and artists participating in two month series include: Okkyung Lee and Andrew Lampert; Raha Raissnia and Panagiotis Mavridis; Bill Laswell; Kenny Wollesen and Julia Elsas; Ela Troyano and Uzi Parnes; and Ikue Mori.
Read an interview about the performance here.