Friday, August 10, 2012

[HvEXAS] Brent Green and Thom Kubli on view


SOON: Two new commissioned installations opening Monday 08/20!
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Brent Green: To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given: AUG 20-SEPT 1, MON-SAT, 12-6PM
Brent Green: To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given AUG 20–SEPT 1
MON–SAT, 12–6 PM


Green incorporates familiar elements from his past work—hand-drawn, nervous animation; wry, off-kilter storytelling; original live music; and rustic sculptural elements—but also shows an evolution in subject matter and technique.

In a metal frame with wooden phonograph horns, polarized glass, and glowing LCD screens, a 12-minute animated film tells the story of the woman who sewed the spacesuit for Laika, the dog launched into space in 1957 by the Soviets. Green's poetic narration becomes a lament for the disenfranchisement of working people then and now: commonplace people who face toil and hardship, and sometimes, redemption and wonder.


Brent Green lives and works in the Appalachian hills of Pennsylvania. His films, live performances, and object-based art have been shown around the world. Green often performs his films with live musicians, improvised soundtracks, and live narration in venues ranging from rooftops to the Getty Center, the Walker Art Center, and MoMA, among others. His films are regularly screened at film festivals, including Sundance, Film Festival Rotterdam, and Rooftop Films. Green is currently embarking on his second feature film, Anatomical Maps With Battle Plans.

Thom Kubli: Black Hole Horizon: AUG 20-SEPT 1, MON-SAT, 12-6PM

Thom Kubli: Black Hole Horizon AUG 20–SEPT 1
MON–SAT, 12–6 PM


With forms based on a geometrodynamic physics model of a black hole, horns are positioned in a room of white fabric. As each horn generates a tone, inky black bubbles emerge from within, deformed by the energy of the sound. Eventually achieving freedom, each black bubble lingers in space for a moment before bursting onto the white room's boundaries.

Spectators are invited to explore the space by walking along a path through the room and witnessing the transformation of sound into ephemeral sculptures.


Berlin-based composer and artist Thom Kubli has exhibited and presented his work over the past several years in museum spaces and festivals that include: ICA (London), Akademie der Künste (Berlin), Ars Electronica (Linz), the New Museum (NYC), Radar Festival (Mexico), Transmediale (Berlin), Eyebeam (NYC), Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, and USP (São Paolo). He is a member of Junge Akademie and Akademie der Künste, Berlin and has held workshops and lectures on sound art and interactive media at ISEA Festival, Goldsmiths College, London, and the University of São Paolo, among others.

Photo Credits: courtesy of the artists

EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.

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