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THUR. JUN. 3, 7 PM
THUR. JUN. 3, 7 PM
Forum Lounge: John Williams, a multimedia interactive installation
Multimedia artist John Williams uses vinyl records, record players, speakers, effect pedals, slides, found objects, and 8 mm projectors to create an ultra-sensory environment of small assemblage sculptures with projections and sounds. Become an active participant in Williams’ improvised visual choreography as he converts the gallery space into one giant kinetic sculpture.
Support for Forum Lounge is generously provided by: Endevermusic Productions, the Franciscan Inn, NEA, KCSB, and the Santa Barbara Independent. Forum Lounge is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s 1st Thursday. FREE
Listen to a preview interview with the artist at http://www.radioip.org/2010/05/17/john-williams-contemporary-av-art/
Forum Lounge is excited to present a performance by multimedia artist John Williams. A few months ago, I visited John's studio to talk to him about his practice, which is multifaceted, both in the various media he explores and in the overlapping of methods he utilizes to produce his work. John is the perfect example of what I consider the new paradigm of a visual artist: one who continuously pushes himself and the so-called boundaries of media in ways that speak of ingenuity and innovation. No longer fitting into categorical descriptions like painter or sculptor, these artists embrace the unending materials at hand to prod, push and expand their subject matter. As a result, they perfectly reflect the growing complexity of contemporary life.
Indeed, for artists like John, it is in the overlap between the different devices--the 8 mm projectors, photo collages, mixed-media sculptures, record players, and effect pedals--that allows him to exploit his means to his end. In his performance for this month's Forum Lounge, we are able to witness a live reenactment of John's artistic practice, which most recently results in mid- to large-scale abstract paintings. For John, the painting is merely a by-product of this process, a symbolic stand-in for the movement, sound, and light that allow him to exercise his creative investigation. With subtlety and gracefulness, John weaves a symphonic performance to reveal the process behind his work that in turn, becomes his work. How's that for double entendre?
--Heather Jeno Silva, Forum Lounge Curator