Thursday, March 20, 2014
In tandem with current exhibition series Audible Interruptions and Street Views, CAM presents a collaborative multimedia performance by St. Louis-based sound artists Nathan Cook, Andrew James, and Kevin Harris, followed by a solo performance by Lexington-based musician and artist Robert Beatty (Three Legged Race).
Using site-specific installations that infuse the Museum’s utilitarian spaces with art, the yearlong Audible Interruptions series brings unique and unexpected auditory experiences to familiar areas such as hallways, restrooms, and elevators. Audible Interruptions is guest curated by Kevin Harris, and current exhibitions feature the work of Nathan Cook and Andrew James.
CAM’s Street Views series of large-scale video art currently features Takeshi Murata: Melter 2, which transforms the Museum’s Washington Boulevard facade into a brightly colored animation that undulates, drips, and melts from one form to another. Robert Beatty has collaborated with Murata for a number of years, producing electronic arrangements that are designed to work both with Murata’s videos as well as independent audio works. According to Beatty, “While the video and audio are linked in the same fluid time space, the soundtracks are presented now as stand-alone works, powerful compositions drawn from the same underlying chaos apparent in Murata’s ever-shifting psychedelic environments. This electronic music invites the listener to imagine their own videoscapes with or without having viewed Murata’s work.” His performance is presented in partnership with Mild Power.
Nathan Cook (b. 1980, West Plains, Missouri) lives and works in St. Louis. A sound artist, graphic designer, and visual artist, Cook is a member of Close/Far, an artistic collective and recording label. Cook’s work often considers the sound qualities of physical settings, and he thinks of sound as a subtle, duration-based medium that requires extended attention and audience participation. He performs solo as N.N.N. Cook and is active in many artistic collaborations.
Andrew James (b. 1975, Knoxville, Tennessee) lives and works in St. Louis. Since 2008, James has operated Good Citizen Gallery and billboard project. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including at Isolation Room, the Luminary Center for the Arts, the Foundry Arts Center, and the St. Louis Artist Guild in St. Louis as well as at the Applebee Gallery at MacMurray College, Jackson, Illinois; Lump, Raleigh, North Carolina; the National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, Tennessee; the Berkeley Arts Museum, Berkeley, California; and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery.
Kevin Harris (b. 1975, Oklahoma City) lives and works in St. Louis. The former proprietor and curator of Floating Laboratories, a St. Louis multimedia performance space, Harris’s most recent artwork uses multi-channel audio and video synthesis to present complex sensory environments.
Robert Beatty (Lexington, Kentucky) has become a fixture within many facets of the American underground experimental-music spectrum. Working under his own name as well as the moniker Three Legged Race, Beatty has consistently performed and released music over the past ten years, producing critically acclaimed albums on labels such as Spectrum Spools and playing at institutions such as Lampo (Chicago). Outside of his musical creations, Robert Beatty may be equally known for his vast output as a graphic designer and video artist; producing scores of album art and design commissions over the past few years for groups such as Oneohtrix Point Never and Burning Star Core, publishers such as The Wire Magazine and Picturebox, and videos for diverse musical acts such as Apples in Stereo and Lonnie Holley.