MAY 23 - JUNE 16, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 7:30 -10:00pm
Subtle Technologies Festival holds an opening reception at The Red Head
Gallery, including ambient sound works by Tom Auger and poetry readings by
Jim Johnstone, Julie Roorda, Ruth Roach Pierson, and Larry Sulky.
Friday, June 1, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Opening reception of Elaine Whittaker's Cc: me, featuring ambient sound
works by Tom Auger and poetry readings by Jim Johnstone, Julie Roorda, Ruth
Roach Pierson, and Larry Sulky.
The Red Head Gallery presents Elaine Whittaker ’s Cc: me, a mixed media installation of drawing, live bacteria, and sound. The body becomes a site for the infectious nature of language – nuanced, messaged, poetic, copied. Abstracted human figures, sketched using discarded carbon fax typographies, are presented as both wall drawings and insertions in petri dish installations teeming with live bacteria. These spent faxes, of once urgent environmental campaigns, are juxtaposed against crass viral commercial messaging, become shadowy iterations of the body, images of mutable histories, degraded texts, and transformative ecology. Four local poets, Julie Roorda, Jim Johnstone, Ruth Roach Pierson and Larry Sulky, and sound artist, Tom Auger, respond to the work. The poets’ words are, in turn, transformed into evocative tracings of wit, longing, memory, and life. Installations of word, sound and object. The textual, the aural and the visual. The carbon copy of yesterday becomes the transfigured art of today.