Front Room Gallery is proud to present "Left at Crystal Brook Boulevard," a solo exhibition of new works on paper by Ross Racine. In this series Racine has added color to his palette, creating a layer of mystery and intrigue to his aerial depictions of fictional suburban communities. Racine is also working on a larger scale, allowing the viewer to be absorbed in the intricacies of his realistic and exaggerated infrastructure. This shift in scale and color allows Racine to further push the boundary between expected and unexpected, creating a sense of abstraction within realistic compositions.
Ross Racine creates his hyper-real suburban landscapes with a uniquely developed drawing method combining the languages of drawing and digital imaging. The importance of color varies greatly from image to image, as some images are saturated, some have subdued tints, and some revert back to pure gray scale. The decisions about color are made as each image evolves during the process of creation, and its final form is meant to reinforce a particular mood that matches the character of the landscape.
Racine’s works on paper present realistic and structural layouts of invented subdivisions, which illustrate the insulated conditions common in these types of developments. Using an omniscient viewpoint from above, Racine creates intricate layouts of communities that are filled with nuanced detail. The aerial atmosphere of each work presents a particular mood that matches its character.
In Racine's piece "Pleasant Hills," streets bend and swerve in all directions, revealing a vision of community where there are no straight lines, no parallels and no real divisions. There is an air of playfulness in the work; the shortest distance between two points is no longer the straight line, creating a world where rigidity and structure lose potency in the face of uninhibited creative exploration.
Ross Racine draws a cross section between the tangible reality of suburbia and the illusionary realm, concisely depicting the disconnection between desire and its actualization, questioning the feasibility and logic in fulfilling dreams of private space within a community, the luxury of easy access to stores and goods, a neighborly atmosphere, and the overarching attraction to "more."
Ross Racine is a recent recipient of the Canada Council for the Art Project grant, whose proceeds helped in the creation of a portion of the works presented in this exhibition.
7:30 Richard Kamerman and $am Pettigrew
and Mara Mayer
Plan 23 Trio (Peter Principle, Dok Gregory, and Jeremy D.
$am Pettigrew is a red bearded
grizzly bear whose main weapon of choice is a tree (double bass), often
augmented with a bow, a vibrator and metal poles. With this arsenal he dissects
music/s, devours it/them, and spits it/them back out in a flurry of squeaky
noise, drone, percussive whacks and silence. When not in bear mode, $am is a
Co-Director of The NOW now, a co-conveyor of the Splinter Orchestra, a milk
drinking performance artist, a bike tinker-er, and a coffee wanker/barista. To
date $am has played music with a wide variety of artists form both the music
world and the performance/dance scenes. $am currently resides in Marrickville,
Sydney, where he has a room filled with cd’s.
Richard Kamerman prefers small sounds
to large sounds but that doesn't mean they are always performed as quiet
sounds. He also likes accidental sounds and collecting his instruments from
people's trash on the street. He has no time for cigar breaks.
I'm a flute player based in
Jersey city, NJ. I like to improvise. in kale elk, a duo with Elizabeth Kosack
(keyboard, piano, mask maker) we play improvised music in masks and sometimes
incorporate puppetry, theatrical and ritualistic elements to our shows. my
formal training was at the Peabody Conservatory of music in classical
performance and electroacoustic music.
Clarinetist and bass clarinetist
Mara Mayer is the creator and curator of Home Audio, a house concert series in
Brooklyn dedicated to new music. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, she
performs with ensembles including the Nouveau Classical Project, Gamelan Dharma
Swara, and the Mexican big band group Banda de los Muertos with Chris Speed and
Oscar Noriega. Mara has also lived in the Costa Rican jungle studying
white-faced capuchin monkeys.
Best known for his 35
year association with the pan-national multi-disciplined performance music
group Tuxedomoon (extensively described in the 2008 book "Music For
Vagabonds" by Isabelle Corbisier), he has composed, played on, recorded or
produced a myriad of published works within a wide spectrum of alternative
music fields. Some of this work has been featured in productions by Maurice
Bejart and films by Wim Wenders, and in the movie "Downtown 81".
Releasing a number of critically acclaimed solo albums, he has performed in
venues across the spectrum from the Pompidou Centre in Paris to the Issue
Project Room in Brooklyn, most recently in Berne, Switzerland. He was a guest
of the Futureplaces festival in Porto Portugal Oct. 2011 where he organized a
performance involving 12 musicians and a phalanx of hi powered car sound
systems. In NYC he has collaborated with Dok Gregory mostly on ZGT since 2007,
going twice to Russia, once with Zemi17 in support of the Gamelatron.
Dok Gregory (Doktor23)
been composing, performing and recording experimental/electronic music since
1983. His current projects include Zero Gravity Thinkers (NYC) with Peter
Principle/Zemi 17, Silence Corporation (NYC/SPb, Russia) with Pavel
Mikheev/Alexei Pliousnine/VJ Yuri Elik, and Future Dream Transmissions (NYC)
with Masha Gitin. He has been a member of seminal NYC based audio visual group
Amoeba Technology since 1997, toured and performed in festivals throughout the
United States, Europe, Russia and South America and had recorded works released
in most of the same. Doks' collaborative audio-visual works have been featured
in programs at the Forum Des Images in Paris, Basel Art Fair in Switzerland,
The Kitchen and Lincoln Center in NYC. In 2007 he began work on the ISRS system
(a shortwave radio synthesizer) and continues to research, develop and deploy
the technology. Dok has also toured and collaborated extensively as a member of
Incidence Transmission Network, Psychic TV, Akashic Currency Bureau, Trance Pop
Loops and the Ransom Corp. He is and has been based in Brooklyn, N.Y. for the
past 20 years, and is director of the 23 Windows Arts Collective in
Jeremy D. Slater is a
multi-disciplinary artist working in the areas of sound, video, computer art,
performance, and installation. Born in Reading, England and a graduate of both
SUNY College at Buffalo and School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Computer Art.
Performances include sound and live performed video that is ambient and
sometimes interactive/reactive Video work also includes single and multiple
channel videos for screening and installations with sound and ephemeral
sculpture. He is currently curator of a sound and video performances at Front
Room Gallery. He has curated numerous performance events and gallery shows in
New York including A Sound Show at Front Room Gallery, sound/video performances
series kere.u and FLOW, Sun Khronos at Millennium Film Workshop, and Video as
an Instrument. at The Tank and Supreme Trading Gallery. Jeremy Slater was one
of the 1999 recipients of the Computer Art Fellowship from New York Foundation
of the Arts (NYFA) and has attended the Experimental Television Residency, was
guest musician at Watermill Center with Cave/Leimay, and was artist in
residence at Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon in Seoul, South Korea. He has exhibited
and performed nationally and internationally. www.jeremyslater.net www.parenthesismusic.com
8:20 Duo Kyungmi Lee and Mara Mayer
9:00 Duo Plan 23 Trio (Peter Principle, Dok Gregory, and Jeremy D. Slater)