Saturday, February 7, 2009

Friday at The Henry

Last night Yann Novak and Jamie Drouin performed for the opening of +room-room.

Sara Krajewski introducing the show.
"The performance in conjunction with the exhibition +ROOM-ROOM will be a conversation in sound between Yann Novak and Jamie Drouin. Like the exhibition, this presentation will showcase their distinct approaches to utilizing the ambient recordings they create and manipulate." via

Yann Novak + Jamie Drouin, 2/6/2009

It's a sweet reunion for Yann and Jamie at The Henry. They performed a live 30 minute set.

There are 2 adjacent rooms, separated by a hallway. One room (+room) utlizes Yann's approach of adding to the ambient noise. The room opposite (-room) is follows Jamie's approach of reduction. There is a simple wood bench, with a speaker in each corner. The lighting mimics a religious epiphany. People were really responding well to the pieces and seemed very engaged.

William Kentridge's stereoscope.

The William Kentridge exhibition also opened up. It was really good. Some amazing animations, beautiful drawings, video, stereoscopes and more. I can't wait to go back to spend more time with both exhibits. Great job, Liz Brown and Sara Krajewski.

approach to Skyspace
One thing that never fails to interest me is the James Turrell Skyspace. All alone, on a night like last night, it's especially peaceful.

The rich woods and they way they completely cradle you and direct your view upward. It just makes you feel very protected.

And the colors are so calming, at a certain point you get lost and forget if it's artificial light or the prettiest night sky ever.

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