Opening reception: Sat 4/2/2016 from 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition runs until 4/24/16
Monte Vista Projects is pleased to present Corey Fogel: Theater of Haecceity, an ambient room for contemplated and performed gestures.
An experimental composer, percussionist, artist, and collaborator across disciplines, Corey Fogel creates work drawing on strategies of improvisation, chance, and community. He uses site-specificity and performative action to conflate the senses with the sublime, collapsing aural, haptic, and synesthetic experiences, often to absurdist ends.
Theater of Haecceity uses the gallery as an atmospheric playground for combining sound experiments and art-object scrutiny, a personal instantiation of the artist’s headspace, of what happens when he is there and an audience is not. Distorting traditional, fixed conditions for both theater and gallery, the exhibition will build on aleatory parameters interposed over time. To facilitate the otherwise disparate modes of 'concert' and 'exhibition', a provisional fabric sculpture lines the entirety of the room – a formal complication to the minimal white cube, functioning simultaneously as a monochromatic environment, a curtain, and a lens.
Like an origami fortune teller at monument-scale, an angular swath of garish pink fabric defines a square antiprism center stage for kinetic sculptural improvisations, and four corner chambers concealing live musicians or playback speakers, contingent upon the daily program. New compositions for four performers will be recorded and broadcast quadraphonically, accumulating into a collage over the show’s duration, shattered and shuffled algorithmically. The resulting thisness will be a record of inspired actions and unlikely marriages between materialities seen, heard, and felt.
[Haecceity is a non-qualitative property responsible for individuation and identity. It is the essence of a thing by virtue of which it is unique or describable as “this (one).” It is a non-recurrent thisness, discernibly different from a universal or repeatable whatness or a suchness. A haecceity is identical with itself. ]
Corey Fogel (b. 1977) holds his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and his BFA from Arizona State University. He has presented his work with LACMA, The Hammer Museum, Redling Fine Art, Human Resources, the wulf, and Machine Project, amongst others. In 2014, Fogel was awarded The California Community Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts. He frequently performs and records music nationally and abroad.
Organized by Amy Thoner.