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MV Carbon, Beyond the Dimensional Slope

MV Carbon is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist and composer who is recognized for her autonomous approach to music and performance. She uses magnetic tape, sculptural sound objects, field recordings, hand-built circuitry, projection, and reactive mediums in her performances and installations. Experiential situations are a significant component to her work as she embraces the immediacy of the situation at hand. Concepts are developed based on the environment and situation in which they will occur. The deviation of space is assessed and used as a source for the work. Participant’s actions affect the outcome of the pieces though reactive mediums, sound recordings, and physical interaction.

Streamcast, Concert & Open Studios: Weekend

Tuesday, July 23 at The Clocktower Gallery (or via live streacast) hear San Francisco lo-fi trio Weekend perform live while we simultaneously celebrate the release of Jinx, their second album out July 23, 2013. The same night visitors will have the opportunity to explore the full extent of the project rooms of the gallery, showcasing works from artists MV Carbon and Borden Capalino alongside our current exhibition Jene Highstein: Early Works in the main and upper galleries. Formed in San Franscico in 2009, immersive post-punk band Weekend consists of Kevin Johnson, Abe Pedroza, and Shaun Durkan, former middle-school bandmates and roommates currently dedicated to balancing the aggression of punk with a more textural, cerebral experience. Their new album Jinx follows the success of their haunting 2010 debut album Sports and similarly celebrated follow up EP Red in 2011.

Open House, Open Studios 13 August

SOLD OUT! This month Open House, Open Studio will be showcasing the work of our two current resident artists; Borden Capalino and MV Carbon. Join us for a surreal, experimental and unique interactive experience with these two Brooklyn based artists. Our resident band People Get Ready will also be hosting a listening party in their recording studio where you will able to sample the sounds of their up-and-coming album first hand. In our main gallery and upper gallery, Jene Highstein's Early Works long-term exhibition will be on show. Borden Capalino's Ballyjamesduff consists of three tracts of production; Knock-offs of the iconic Alexander McQueen Armadillo shoe, WW2 style foxhole radios, Ceramic portraits commission via the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist. His work has been described as akin to forensic surrealism. It deals with materiality, repurposing, retrofitting, and ultimately the life of objects. Capalino is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His 2013 exhibition activities include appearances at at Frieze NY, Derek Eller Gallery, and Eli Ping Gallery. Capalino is represented by Ramiken Crucible.

Performance & Open Studios: MV Carbon, Ganjatronics

Join us for a performance showcase in this months Open House, Open Studios with performances from MV Carbon and Ganjatronics alongside the opportunity to listen to new material from Brooklyn based band People Get Ready. This unique event and peek into The Clocktower Gallery is the last time that MV Carbon and Borden Capalino will be displayed and the final day of residency for People Get Ready. The evening promises a surreal and interactive experience showcasing works both sculptural and audiovisual. In our main gallery the long-term exhibition Jene Highstein Early Works will be on show featuring our capacious recreation of Black Mound for Suzi. Brooklyn-based People Get Ready are known for creating unique performance experiences or multi-sensory mixtapes that are a “melding of independent music and contemporary dance” (New York Times). They have a distinct ability to re-define what a band is, to blur boundaries, and to forge continuing creative bonds with the formidable list of artists whose paths they've crossed.

Tetraphonics: Lea Bertucci's Quadraphonic Cello

A live concert recording of Lea Bertucci’s Quadraphonic Cello, an instrument outfitted with a customized pickup designed specially for 4-channel sound. Noise rather than pitch dominates the aesthetic approach, with texture and timbre in the foreground. Interdisciplinary artist and avant-garde cellist MV Carbon performs the composition by Bertucci, with programming by Tommy Martinez. This performance was part of the Clocktower's March 2016 Tetraphonics event presented in collaboration with Lea Bertucci at Pioneer Works where four artists explored quadraphonic sound and its mesmeric effects in performance alongside 4-channel video work. An instrument, multichannel installation, and platform for audio-visual composition, the Quadraphonic Cello re-imagines a classical cello as a vehicle for surround sound. A customized pickup using piezo-electric component technology is attached directly to each of the four strings. When the cellist bows, plucks or taps, four discrete signals are produced and routed to a quadraphonic array of speakers. Developed through the Harvestworks New Works Fellowship, this instrument is a three dimensional musical apparatus tailored to multi-channel composition and the sculpting of acoustic space.