Joseph Gray, Gabriel Herbertson, Beth Fleenor, and Paris Hurley
February 15 – March 22, 2006
In February and March of 2006, 911 Media Arts Center was pleased to present the exhibition Light_Paper_Sound. This exhibition was an installation using randomly selected video projected on three dimensional paper surfaces synced with audio tracks played on speakers hidden in the sculptures. The overall effect created a unique environment of dynamic color and sound. The collaborators were artists Joseph Gray (sculpture/video) and Gabriel Herbertson (audio), with original music by Beth Fleenor (clarinet) and Paris Hurley (violin).
Light_Paper_Sound was constructed of paper cut-outs folded and curved into three dimensional forms and suspended in the gallery space. The paper was used as a sculptural “canvas” for the projected light from LCD video projectors being fed imagery generated by computers running an original software application, called aXiMaL, written in Flash Actionscript by artist Joseph Gray. Small speakers were hidden in the sculptures and played audio recordings also selected and modified by the software to accompany the visuals.
About the Artists
Joseph Gray earned a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 1999, focusing in video and sculpture. Since then his work has primarily been seen as live video accompaniment to musicians from the Seattle area, playing in various venues in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The imagery is often completely generated on-the-fly during the shows and draws from a large repertoire of abstract and ornamental styles. His work has also taken the form of internet and e-mail art, and sculptural video installation. Joseph works as a graphic designer and web developer by trade.
Gabriel Christian Herbertson was born in Taos, NM in 1975. He was raised in the mountains on clean air, deep night skies, and love (plus a little tofu and millet, supplemented with greenchile). Besides trumpeting, Gabe is a unique visual artist and general digital madman. He is also known to the electronic, word based groove world as EMID, the archangel of vengeance. Deep in the pocket, from the underground of binary code and expressive poetry, to the one surface of many faces, Gabe is a product of synergy and synchronicity. Composition improvisation, performance and reflective thought are common themes of his expressions and musings.
Paris Hurley is an alum of Cornish College of the Arts. She has recently joined the Degenerate Art Ensemble and has played and composed music for a wide variety of projects.
Clarinetist Beth Fleenor has been surfing genres since arriving in Seattle in 1998. Her bombastically refined sound and organic approach to improvisation have earned her performance opportunities in a variety of settings including nightclubs, concert halls, festivals, recordings, and art installations.