For Immediate Release
The Kitchen presents The Joshua Light Show with music by Delia Gonzalez and
New York, NY, March 6, 2007 - The Kitchen is pleased to present a rare appearance by mixed-media artist Joshua White and his legendary Joshua Light Show, in collaboration with music and visual art duo Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom. Including selections from their debut album, The Days of Mars (DFA), Russom and Gonzalez perform meditative electronic compositions on analog synthesizers in a distinct style referencing the minimalist traditions of both experimental and disco genres. Simultaneously, White leads a team of video artists, including Bec Stupak (Honeygun Labs) to improvise live synesthetic visuals behind a giant rear projection screen, involving the “liquid light” techniques he developed at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960s. The performance, which is curated by Nick Hallett, will take place at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street) on Wednesday, April 4 at 8pm. Tickets are $10.
About The Artists
Joshua White lives and works in New York. He studied theater at Carnegie Mellon University and film at University of Southern California. He is well known for developing the lightshow at Fillmore East, appearing with artists such as Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Yayoi Kusama, and Country Joe and the Fish, among many others. During this time, he also created special effects for the film Midnight Cowboy. In the 1970s, White focused on a career in television, including directing Laurie Anderson’s celebrated video for “O Superman.” More recent productions include Seinfeld, The Max Headroom Show, Club MTV and Inside The Actors Studio. In the 1990s, White returned to creating fine art installations in collaboration with Michael Smith, and in 2004 developed a new light show with comic artist and designer, Gary Panter. His artwork has recently shown at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tate Liverpool, Kunsthalle Schim Frankfurt, and the Kunsthalle Wien. The Center for Visual Music recently released a DVD of his “liquid loops”. He has work in upcoming shows at Whitney Museum of American Art and the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas.
Delia Gonzalez (b. 1972, Miami) and Gavin Russom (b. 1974, Providence, R.I.) have worked together in a variety of media, such as fine art, music, performance, and video since the mid-1990s. They began building analog synthesizers in 2000, both for their original music compositions and to implement sonic components into their mixed-media sculptures. In 2004, New York-based record label DFA released a 12” of their song, “El Monte.” A full-length album, The Days of Mars, followed in 2005. As fine artists, the duo is represented by Daniel Reich gallery. They have had solo exhibitions at Peres Projects in Los Angeles, Galleria Fonti in Naples, Italy and at Daniel Reich Gallery, New York. Their sculpture and video work was featured in the Music is a Better Noise show at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center last year. www.deliaandgavin.com.
Bec Stupak is a video artist and founding member of Honeygun Labs, a multimedia project working within the genres of music video, installation, and live VJing. Collaborations with fine-art collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus have been exhibited internationally, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and Tate Liverpool. In 2006, Deitch Projects, presented her first solo show, “Radical Earth Magic Flower,” a reworking of Jack Smith’s film Flaming Creatures. Her relationship to The Kitchen goes back to 2005, when she created an installation for their annual benefit and exhibited at The High Line Block Party. Bec also hula-hoops with the troupe Groovehoops. www.honeygunlabs.com.
Curator Nick Hallett has programmed for The Kitchen, New York Underground Film Festival, Ocularis, Monkey Town, Aurora Picture Show, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA festival, Scope Hamptons, Artists Television Access, Pacific Film Archive, MassArt Film Society, and All Tomorrow’s Parties rock festival, in addition to his regular series in New York: Harkness A/V (time-based media salon), Darmstadt (contemporary music), and Maison Du Chic (multimedia "cabaret"). Hallett's creative projects range from composing music for film and theater to installation and performance. He originated the band PLANTAINS, which from 2000 until 2003 operated as a live multimedia act, incorporating electronic music and video.
Music programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The New York State Music Fund, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
ABOUT THE KITCHEN
The Kitchen is one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit performance and exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists’ talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.
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