For Immediate Release
Contact: Pilar Perez or Steve Irvin
TRACK 16 GALLERY PRESENTS
Viggo Mortensen: Signlanguage
Alan Rath: Stereo
February 2 to March 30, 2002
Santa Monica, 13 December, 2001 -
Track 16 Gallery is pleased to present
"Viggo Mortensen: Signlanguage," an exhibition of recent paintings and
photographs, and "Alan Rath: Stereo," a show of eight handmade stereos by
the Oakland-based artist. The exhibitions will open with a reception for
the artists on Saturday, February 2, from 6 to 8 PM at Track 16 Gallery
at Bergamot Station, and will run through March 30.
"Signlanguage" is an extraordinary look into the process and mind of an
artist whose boundless creative output touches a myriad of media and
modes of expression: he is photographer, painter, and poet. Mortensen is
convinced that photography, whatever else it may be, is a focusing on
detail. Mortensen likes sotto voce details; he gives his attention to
instants that would otherwise have passed by unobserved, or more
significantly, unregistered. His work suggests a view of life where
experience has value without the artist intervening to rearrange and
structure it. He does not seek out the shockingly strange but instead
notices the sharp buzz of formal or color relationships, whether he is
photographing on the streets of L.A. or in New Zealand.
paintings relate to his photography in the sense that they also teem with
lived incidents. They are collages, brushings of materials and words, and
as he states: "They are often painted over, written over, sanded,
rewritten, crossed out, re-painted, re-sanded, re-written, etc." Words
from his poems and found phrases both succumb and survive as they enter
the field of the canvas.
Alan Rath's "Stereo" project originated from his unending interest in all
forms of electronics (both audio and video) from his pre-teen years
through his studies at MIT and his current artistic output. Rath has
worked in various forms of new media: LEDs, audio woofer speakers,
cathode ray tubes (CRTs), a new generation of robotics, and recently an
amalgam of these different bodies of work. For Rath, the sound of a
blaring electric guitar epitomized the analog sound of the 1970s and he
is now paying homage to these electronic roots. The exhibition includes
eight handmade stereos that feature the power amplifiers he designed and
built. Though state-of-the-art, Rath's stereos are housed in a variety
of "sculptures," from vintage suitcases to gleaming aluminum towers to a
Chinese wall shrine, which, taken together, use sound reproduction to
span both history and culture.
Accompanying the Mortensen and Rath exhibitions are the publications:
Signlanguage, which features full color reproductions of
and an essay by critic Kevin Power, and Pinspot #12, Alan Rath: Stereo;
both books are published by Smart Art Press.
Track 16 Nights will resume in February.