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Reception: Byron Westbrook: Interval/Habitat

Reception for Byron Westbrook's Clocktower installation, Interval/Habitat, which explores how dramatic perceptual events can linger in memory, creating separate mental "spaces between" that affect our interaction with physical space as well as with each other. Tues., Oct. 16 at 6pm, no admittance after 7pm. RSVP to events@artonair.org. Other project rooms and exhibits also on view.

The work explores the idea of afterimage as both an aural and visual artifact. Just as an image burned into the retina slowly fades, a sound can also have psychological resonance in its absence. The work pursues an interest in the dynamic produced when sound and light are used as basic architectural materials to define a space. The piece also experiments with degrees of awareness of the presence of others and tension produced by social uncertainty as well as the idea of the collective being a trigger for a phenomenological experience.

Byron Westbrook: Interval/Habitat

Memory can play as much of a role in experience of a moment as the elements that exist in that moment. An interval can be defined as a ratio between two points, numbers or musical notes. His Clocktower installation, Interval/Habitat, explores how dramatic perceptual events can linger in memory, creating separate mental "spaces between" that affect our interaction with physical space as well as with each other. The work explores the idea of afterimage as both an aural and visual artifact. Just as an image burned into the retina slowly fades, a sound can also have psychological resonance in its absence. The work pursues an interest in the dynamic produced when sound and light are used as basic architectural materials to define a space. The piece also experiments with degrees of awareness of the presence of others and tension produced by social uncertainty as well as the idea of the collective being a trigger for a phenomenological experience.
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Byron Westbrook, Talking in Light & Sound

The composer and installation artist discusses his evolution toward creating works composed of an abstract counterpoint between light and sound "events" with David Weinstein during the artist's fall 2012 residency at the Clocktower Gallery. He also discusses his interest in the gallery as a social space in which conversation becomes another element in this interplay. Westbrook is the beneficiary of a recent stint at Bard College's intensive summer arts program and is a staff engineer at Experimental Intermedia Foundation. The product of the residency, entitled Interval/Habitat, is on view through Oct. 19, 2012 with a special artist reception ono Oct. 16.
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