Our e4c screens bring dynamic media art to an urban audience on the go. Adjacent to Gallery4Culture and visible from the street and sidewalk on Prefontaine Place South, e4c features new works every month from media artists around the country. Here’s what you’ll find entering the rotation starting First Thursday, May 4:
ebb & flow
Multiple video files capturing the textures and colors or water in nature at various locations throughout Washington are layered to become a single composition. As in nature, these microcosms combine to create a beautifully interdependent system. The footage used was collected at Neah Bay, 8mile Creek (North Cascades), Edmonds Bay, Puget Sound, Grand Coulee, Irrigation Canals (Yakima County), Hanford Reach (Columbia River near Tri-Cities), and Lake Crescent.
Without the ocean, there is no rain. Without rain, there are no streams. Without streams, there are no rivers. Without rivers, there would be no lakes and inland rain water could not return to the ocean.
About the Artist: Born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Behrle holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion and Studio Art from Elmira College, N.Y and an MFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University. Water and light have been important materials in Behrle’s large scale time-based artworks since the early 2000’s. Since relocating to Washington’s Yakima Valley in 2012, he has been capturing and re-contextualizing digital video footage of the region’s waterways to create immersive installations and dynamic displays.
The Year We Make Contact
The Year We Make Contact is a silent video generated from sound — an audio recording of a psychoanalysis session between the artist and a therapist. Inspiration comes from a 40-year debate active in theoretical physics called the Information Loss Paradox, where scientists argue over whether information can truly be lost if it falls into a black hole. The work is part of a larger theme over the last several years called Speculative Forensics, which focuses on the discarding of information inherent to translation and transcoding, and the hidden manifold of data always out of our reach.
The work is created with a custom software system that allows the artist to draw and manipulate digital audio waveforms. For this version made especially for the 4-channel site at e4c, the imagery is scaled at four distinct resolutions. These four scales emphasize the spectrum from discrete information unit (starting at the screen furthest to the right), to the quasi-representational image (ending at the screen furthest to the left) that emerges from those basic units. The ever-shifting flow of images are not shot, made or captured; they coalesce and evolve within the invented system.
About the Artist: Blake Carrington works within the spheres of the visual, sound and performing arts. As a sound artist he writes and performs original audiovisual compositions and is soon to release his third full-length album titled “A Weak Force That Binds”. Parallel to his work in the ambient/electronic music context, he has had solo visual art exhibitions at VisArts Rockville, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and Central Utah Art Center, featuring a range of work from inkjet painting to video installation using custom software systems, all in dialogue with sound in a more conceptual way.
You Can Not Be Replaced
You Can Not Be Replaced is a multi-channel video installation featuring images of all 82 current and former members of the Dallas choral symphonic rock band, The Polyphonic Spree. The video is accompanied by an audio track that combines ambient cosmic recordings, spoken word and partial renditions of The Polyphonic Spree song It’s the Sun performed by former band members Andrew Tinker and Corn Mo.
The band itself was formed fifteen years ago and over that time people have come in and out of the band, some calling it almost a rite of passage in the Dallas music scene. In the piece, the band members are represented in their signature stage-ware of a white robe, giving them a cult-like appearance. Although the musicians have each brought something unique to this band, the sheer number of them forces one to ask the question, who are they? Are they memorable? Unique? Individual? The series recognizes and questions the notion of one’s individual importance as it cycles through a soundtrack leaving one wondering whether they are replaceable.
About the Artist: Elizabeth Withstandley is from Cape Cod, Mass. She lives and works in Los Angeles, Calif. She is one of the co-founders of Locust Projects in Miami, Fla. Selected recent exhibitions include From Far Away Across The Universe, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, Calif, The Accident, Winslow Garage, Los Angeles, Calif. She has also shown work at Dimensions Variable, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, The Moore Space, Miami, Fredric Snitzer, Miami, The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, The Tel Aviv Artists’ Studios, Israel, The Bass Museum, Miami, Cultural Center, Sao Paolo Brazil. Her work has been featured in Art Papers, The Miami Herald, and The New Times.
Up Next: Sirin Bahar Demirel, Ariana Gerstein, Sarah Knobel, and Viviane Silvera