testsite 19.1: Eric McMaster and Michael Chesser

Eric McMaster

testsite 19.1

Bells Suspended by Clouds

R. Eric McMaster and Michael Chesser

January 27th - March 17th, 2019

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R. Eric McMaster, Bells Suspended from Clouds (detail), 2018. Colored light, magnetically oscillated wire. Image courtesy of the artist.

Project Details

Fluent~Collaborative & testsite are pleased to present Bells Suspended from Clouds, a collaboration with artist R. Eric McMaster and contemporary art collector Michael Chesser. The project opens on Sunday, January 27th with a public reception from 4 to 6 PM—a conversation between the artist and collaborator at 4:30 PM and a performance by the string quartet invoke to follow.

Bells Suspended from Clouds approaches sound as sculpture material, and as a visual initiator.

The exhibition features aural and visual elements inspired by the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, who in the late 1800s and early 1900s created works at the intersection of music, light, and experience.

At the core of the installation, a number of steel strings are installed throughout the rooms of testsite, thereby transforming the space into an instrument. Rather than plucking or mechanically striking, a small magnetic device activates the strings, oscillating them indefinitely. The results are a series of tones creating a soundscape that functions much the same as sculpture or installation: the sound is present when you arrive, it affects your experience as you move around the space, and, after you leave, the sound continues to exist.

Supplementing the exhibition will be a performance featuring musicians, who will create an improvisation highlighting and accompanying the tones of the stringed gallery.

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