Well, looks like I haven’t updated this site in a long time.
It’s not like I haven’t been doing anything, either. Actually, it has been quite the opposite.
There are two very important art related things to mention:
I received a grant from the Cliff Dwellers Club to continue the Sound As Sight project through High Concept Labs and was chosen to be this Spring’s 3Arts/Bodies Of Work fellow at UIC. I will be working on a new multi-channel sound installation called, A Space For The Overactive Ear. I will also be appearing in a number of panels and performances about disability culture and accessibility. Some of these events will be at the MCA, Intuit gallery, Disability Studies Conference at UIC, and more.
As part of the fellowship I’ll be bringing fellow RP blindo, Jim Knipfel, to Chicago in order to collaborate and cause trouble. Watch out!
My first official curatorial exhibition since Y2K’s Robot Love at Dogmatic Gallery happened in March at Co-Prosperity Sphere.. Sounds Great On Paper was a collection of album cover art from fictional recording artists. The show hosted over 50 pieces of conceptual art gold. Justin Rathell and I pit this thing together with hopes of expanding the collection and opening another show this Fall.
The Velcro Lewis Group released Amnesia Haze on Safety Meeting records and I am very proud of that, too!
Oh, and we bought a house!
Here are some upcoming performances and exhibitions…
Links Hall/Constellation ,Chicago, IL.
High Concept Labs Spring Open House.
I will present a new headphone installation called, Paralytic Transit. This work is comprised of recordings of the CTA subway and elevated train system. I asked some friends to share their favorite sounds of Chicago and an overwhelming number mentioned the sounds of these trains. For my whole life I have feared being under elevated train tracks. When you can’t see and your ability to navigate by sound is halted you kind of just shut down, freeze up, and hope that you don’t get struck by a car, attacked by a swarm of swans (I know this one first hand!), or have to deal with being rattled for the rest of your day. So when I reviewed the data given to me I decided to do some investigating myself. There has got to be something hidden in these sounds that I’ll enjoy no matter how traumatic recording them can be.
Guess what? I heard some serious magic on and under these trains!
I have captured some incredible little sounds and massive bone chilling ones as well. Paralytic Transit features everything from a suitcase rattling against an empty seat to the Jackson Blue Line train almost clipping my face off.
The Velcro Lewis Group will release Mammalian Slime on our Bandcamp page. This album is a collaboration between VLG and John Vernon Forbes and Tommy Caroll recorded at Frogg Mountain on 2/19/18. Its a perfect addition to our annual 4/20 release collection.
Live Wore’s Lounge, Chicago, IL.
The Velcro Lewis Group plays RAWFEST! Lots of rock bands and heavy jams!
That is all