testsite 12.2 ~ And the room into my buzzing head
Stephen Vitiello & Lora Reynolds
June 24 - August 26 *Exhibition extended, open by appt.
Stephen Vitiello will create a multi-channel sound piece and a series of small visual works in response to curator and gallery owner, Lora Reynolds’ proposal to create sounds that evoke a “sense of place” and ideas of “home.” Vitiello will capture recordings on-site during a short visit, leading up to the project’s opening. These recordings will be mixed in the house and spatialized in such a way that visitors may move through, listening to sounds both abstract and concrete. Gaston Bachelard writes in his book, The Poetics of Space that we crave domestic spaces that allow us to dream. Each space in a home has a vocabulary that includes sounds, smells as well as memories that resound in the woodwork. The artist and curator will follow that reasoning to explore sounds suggested by the home as well as sounds that home may not yet have imagined.
Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. Vitiello’s sound installations have been presented internationally, including the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the 2006 Biennial of Sydney, MASS MoCA, the Marfa Sessions, the Cartier Foundation, Paris and a site-specific project on the High Line in NYC. Forthcoming projects include a site-specific work for the Menil Collection, as part of the Silence exhibition, to open in July and a performance with Steve Roden at the Rothko Chapel. CD releases include Bright and Dusty Things (New Albion Records), Listening to Donald Judd (Sub Rosa), The Gorilla Variations (12k) and MOSS (12k). Since 1989, Vitiello has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians including Pauline Oliveros, Tony Oursler, Julie Mehretu, Scanner, Nam June Paik, Steve Roden, Taylor Deupree and Ryuichi Sakamoto. In 2011, ABC-TV, Australia produced the documentary Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent. Originally from New York, Stephen is now based in Richmond, VA where he is on the faculty of the Kinetic Imaging Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Lora Reynolds is the owner and director of Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin, Texas. Prior to opening her eponymous gallery in 2005, she worked for Anthony d’Offay Gallery in London (1997 – 2001), Gemini G.E.L. in New York (1997), and Matthew Marks Gallery in New York (2001 – 2002). Lora Reynolds Gallery has exhibited in national and international art fairs, published scholarly catalogues, and garnered reviews in major arts periodicals. The gallery regularly presents shows by independent curators, but the mainstay of the program is the gallery's twelve emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Lora Reynolds Gallery is committed to showing museum-quality contemporary artwork in all media from around the globe.