Sound is full of difficult questions and slippery answers. I attack these questions in a circuitous and sometimes contrary approach that calls to mind one of my early influences, the author and provocateur Alfred Jarry and his creation of Pataphysics, or “the science of imaginary solutions.” Like Jarry, my results might at first seem ridiculous: flasks appear to bubble and pop on their own, pseudo-scientific experiments torque plaster with heat and cold, and glass percussion instruments shaped by patterns of human DNA are smashed to bits. This exploratory process, while fanciful, always aims to present an altered relationship between sound and its source.
1996Hunter College, New York, NY MFA Painting
1992 Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ BA English
2006 – PresentAssociate Professor of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Selected Solo and Two-person Exhibitions
2020 Frozen Words – Local Project Art Space, Long Island City NY
2019 Warp and Weft / Warf + Wept (with Sandra Lapage) – Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2017 Frozen Words Hot Air – Urban Glass. Brooklyn, NY
2016 Gene Splicing – 9E2, A Festival of Art, Science, and Technology. Seattle, WA.
2016 The Tactile Transducers – GlazenHuis Museum. Lommel, Belgium
2015 Siren Earthquake Radio (with Craig Dongoski) – The Ionion Center for Arts and Culture. Kefalonia, Greece
2014 Surface (with Joshua Marks) – Sweet Lorraine Gallery. Brooklyn, NY.
2011 Facetime #2 (with Gabriela Vainsencher) – Parker’s Box. Brooklyn, NY
2009 Robo-Improvisation Arena (with Käthe Wenzel ) – Alma on Dobbin. Brooklyn, NY.
2007 Urban Trailhead (with James Rouvelle) – La Superette Viewmaster Festival. New York, NY
Selected Recent Group Exhibitions
2020 Earlid: The Dream Had Me – Curated by Joan Schuman, Online
2018 Ligo Project The Art of Science. (with Scientist John Burns) Littlefield Gallery, Brookyn, NY.
2018 Pushing Buttons – Urban Glass. Brooklyn, NY
2017 Oceans Imaginaries (with Emma Critchley) – RMIT Gallery. Melbourne Australia
2016 Whereabouts – GlazenHuis Museum – (Curated by Hyperopia) Lommel, Belgium
2016 Threaded Archetypes – NARS – Brooklyn, NY.
2015 Menu for Mars – The Boiler. Brooklyn, NY
2014 Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection – Yale University Gallery. New Haven, CT
2014 Intangible – Lesley Heller Workspace. New York, NY.
2013 The 5th Annual Artist Book Exhibition – King Saint Stephen Museum. Székesfehérvár Hungary.
2011 Sequence of Waves – Saint Cecelia Convent. Brooklyn, NY.
2008 Everything Must Go! – Flux Factory. Long Island City, NY
2005 The Blur of the Otherworldly, an Exhibition of Technology and the Paranormal
The Center for Art and Visual Culture, UMBC, Baltimore, MD
2005 The Green Ray – Parker’s Box, Brooklyn NY
Selected Curatorial Projects
2017 The Internal Machine – The New York Center for Book Arts, New York, NY.
2014 Earlids. Presented by the Sound@ Newschool Research lab. The SJDC. New York, NY.
2015 Paralektronoia Co-curated with ((audience)) Performance by Felix Kubin, symposium and workshops
Selected Performances and Workshops
2016 Sound and the Mind (with Alex Joseph) Psychoacoustic multi-sensory workshop. The New School, NY.
2013 The Way Things Travel (with Aaron Moore) Workshop and performance with festival participants.
Megapolis Festival, The New School, New York, NY.
2010 Postcards from the Gowanus – Performance as Sterling Basement (with John Hudak, Aaron Moore and Dave Ruder). Cabinet Gallery Brooklyn.
2009 Storm Cow – Sound workshop for grade school (K-5) children. Community Roots Charter School.
2007 The Simultaneous Translator – Performance launch of performance platform, Turbulence.org
Selected Artist Lectures, Conferences and Panels
2021 The Sound of Where We Are – AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society) Conference
2017 ARTSEED Artist Talk – The Marble House Project, Dorset, Vermont.
2017 Glass Art Society (GAS) Panelist in Performance Anxiety, panel moderated by Ben Wright Norfolk, VA
2015 University of the Arts, Artist Talk: Break Glass. Philadelphia, PA
2018 Ligo Project Year-long art/science project with scientist John Burns. New York, NY
2017 Marble House Project Family residency. Dorset, VT
2017 Tacoma Museum of Glass Tacoma, WA
2016 Glazen Huis Residency to develop and perform the work The Tactile Transducers. Lommel, Belgium
2015 NARS – New York Artist Residency and Studio Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Triangle Artist Workshop Two week international intensive studio residency Salem, NY
2015 The Ionion Center for Arts and Culture. Kefalonia, Greece
2015 Pilchuck Glass School By Invitation. Stanwood, WA
2007 Free103.9 – Wavefarm Residency (with James Rouvelle) Acra, NY
1997 Experimental Television Center Owego, NY
Awards: Selected Grants & Fellowships
2021 cooper hewitt interaction lab presents: activating smithsonian open access . Fellowship to develop the project ArtEcho (with Jerry Tan and Thomas Tajo)
2019 Queens Arts Fund – Queens Council for the Arts
2018 SAPPI Ideas That Matter Grant – For the project Sound the Mound (with Andrew Shea)
2017 New School Collaboratory In support of the project Sound the Mound (with Andrew Shea)
2016 9e2 Project Funding grant. In support of the project Gene Splicing.
2012 Innovations in Education Awards. in support of Sound@Newschool Research Group
2006 Turbulence.org. New American Radio Grant. In support of the project The Simultaneous Translator
2004 Experimental Television Center. Finishing Funds Award
Bibliography: Selected Publications
Articles and reviews
Ann Collins “The Dream Had Me” The Brooklyn Rail, June 2020
Megan N. Liberty, “The Book as Technology” The Los Angeles Review of Books, Jan 18 2018
Tom McGlynn, “The Internal Machine” The Brooklyn Rail, Dec 13th, 2017
Benjamin Sutton, “Freezing & Smashing Trump’s Words in a Glassblowing Studio” Hyperallergic, Sept 5, 2017
Michael Hernandez “Crossover” Glass Art News. By Michael Hernandez. Fall 2015. pp 16-17
Martha Schwendener, “Creative Deconstruction of Books. Odd Volumes“ The New York Times, Dec 6, 2014
Cecil Moss, Rhizome Journal Sequence of Waves . February, 2011
Rebecca Smeyne “Live: The Sequence Of Waves Exhibit…” Village Voice Blog January 2011
Chloe Hawkins, “Fluxbox” Sculpture Magazine, December, 2006 74-75
Bethany Riker, “Exploding the Miniature” The Brooklyn Rail, June 2006
Nancy Princenthal “Willing Spirits: Art of the Paranormal” Art in America, February 2006
Jessica Dawson “Go Ahead Look Behind the Curtain” The Washington Post, November 5, 2005
Thorington, Helen Breaking Out: The Trip Back Contemporary Music Review. December 2005, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 445 – 458.
Books and catalogues
Wenzel, Kaethe and Blohm, Manfred, eds. Half Life – Machines/Organisms – Artistic Positions in Times of Climate Change and Extinction. Hannover: Fabrico Verlag, 2018
Roach, John, ed – The Internal Machine, New York: Center for Book Arts. 2017
Davies, Suzanne, ed. Ocean Imaginaries. Essays by Suzanne Davies, John Finnegan, and Linda Williams. Melbourne: RMIT Gallery 2017
Hawkes, Andrew et.al, ed Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery. 2014