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“Pink and Blue”
2018
Richard Telles Gallery

Pink and Blue is based on a small collage from a recent series of collages. The series is comprised of small black and white portraits that are sliced into narrow vertical or horizontal strips and then slightly rearranged so that the image is out of order but still recognizable. This reference to, or activation of facial recognition has to do with a number of considerations. William Burroughs talked about his “cut-up” technique as a way to open up language from the present and its controlling structure, and release it into the future where new associations would be present. I am interested in opening up images of these individuals, evoking the past with some familiarity, but also the present. Somewhere between recognition and an image out of order, a glitch, or an arbitrary gesture allowing noise to enter into the image. These rearranged images are collaged on a field of color that both frames and isolates them in space. Here the face functions as a site, a relay, not only to the work, writing, voice, compositions, the labor of the subject, but also to the cultural context of their contributions.

This particular installation Pink and Blue, is based on a small collage I had previously made using a 1970’s image of Angela Davis. Her pose and gesture is contemplative with her head resting on her folded arm. She looks away from the camera. This image evokes the past predominantly because of Davis’s natural Afro, which at the time was a powerful political expression of black solidarity in the face of intense racism and oppression. This was also a time when Angela Davis was in the media for her involvement with the Soledad prison controversy, the Black Panthers, and her image had become an icon of black power and resistance. Davis was a student of Herbert Marcuse at Brandeis, and was her mentor at the University of California at San Diego.

I am interested in how the ghosting of the past is present and how this Hauntological position suggests that the past is very present today. This reordered image of Angela Davis is floating in a large field of pink color on the wall. The original collage that this is based on is also pink, and was chosen more or less arbitrarily at the time. But the pink evokes a special shade and brand of pink color known as Baker-Miller Pink, developed in the 1970’s. Baker-Miller Pink is claimed to reduce hostile, violent or aggressive behavior. The color is also known as Schauss pink. Alexander Schauss did extensive research into the effects of the color on emotions at the Naval Correctional Facility in Seattle, and named it after the institute directors, Baker and Miller. The use of this color reflects the subliminal mechanisms of control and oppression that were prevalent in the 1970’s, and to the present. In this window installation, the original collage has been recreated at a visibly public scale that is visible from the space of the street and passersby. Functioning as a remixed sign, Pink and Blue, an homage to Angela Davis, is a Hauntological site that is revisiting a moment of cultural history while activating our collective amnesia.






“Noir Telos” featured on Dominique Bailey’s online radio program “websyncradio”, Paris, France, 2013

Curated by Richard Garet.

Jean Luc Godard’s film “Alphaville” and the electronic voice of Alpha 60 in addition to the science fiction atmosphere that permeates the film was considered. I wanted to create a track that was musically spatial and somehow cinematic.

Click here for more info. And a direct link to full playlist.

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March 8, 2014

DSE performed live at the event NOISECONOMY at Printed Matter in NYC.

NOISECONOMY poster was printed in an edition of 100 off-set litho.

Other performers were Marcia Bassett and Matthew Regula.

www.printedmatter.org

NOISECONOMY

March 6, 2014

DSE  performed live at the event DEFERRED ACTION at Silent Barn in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.

The DEFERRED ACTION poster is in an edition of 100 off-set litho prints.

Other performers were Richard Garet, Private Language, & Nathan Cearley.

http://www.silentbarn.org

DEFERRED ACTION FINAL

Solo show and live performance at Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles CA.

The installation included “Four Letters to Mahler” and “DSENOISE” box set installation. Performances the night of the opening included DSE, David Galbraith, and Dewey Ambrosino with Jacqueline Gordon. Samuel Freeman Gallery is host to three simultaneous solo shows of sound and sculptural installation by David Schafer, David Galbraith, and a collaboration by Dewey Ambrosino & Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon.

http://samuelfreeman.com/exhibitions/ambrosino-galbraith-gordon-schafer/

Performance Photo Credit Steven Hall.

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Live, unmastered recording: 

Studio 10
Brooklyn, NY
December 2, 2013

David Schafer performed the third in a trilogy of electronically processed Schoenberg compositions. This performance references Arnold Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nachte” from 1899. Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4, is a string sextet in one movement; a composition inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name along with Schoenberg’s strong feelings upon meeting his future wife Mathilde von Zemlinsky (the sister of his teacher Alexander von Zemlinsky). Dehmel’s poem describes a man and a woman walking through a dark forest on a moonlit night, wherein she reveals to her new lover that she bears the child of another man. The stages of the poem are mirrored throughout the composition, beginning with the sadness of the woman’s confession, a neutral interlude wherein he reflects upon the confession, and a finale, in which he forgives her and accepts the child as his own.

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FOUR LETTERS TO MAHLER
Studio10 Gallery
November 15 – December 8, 2013

Four Letters to Mahler is a solo exhibition at Studio10 gallery in Brooklyn. The aluminum sculpture supports an eight channel sound work referencing the letters that Arnold Schoenberg wrote to Gustav Mahler in 1909 and 1910.

Four Letters to Mahler has been reviewed by wordsinspace.net.

Photo credit Kevin Noble, installation view at Studio 10 Gallery

A 12 CD signed edition box set, including double-sided poster, insert, sticker and die cut hand-assembled box. Designed in collaboration with Shiffman&Kohnke, Los Angeles. Edition: 50

This edition is the culmination of a one-year project from November 2011 to October 2012 in which one CD was released each month. The 64 tracks total 10 hours of electronic noise created in studio and at NY and LA venues.

The box set will be available for purchase through DSE studio and Studio10 gallery, Brooklyn.

www.dsenoise.com

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DSEnoise Compilation

C60 Cassette. Ed 30.
Green Records and Tapes

Face Cutter is a compilation cassette featuring 13 tracks from the DSE noise project of studio recordings and live performances.

Green Records and Tapes, Ypsilanti, MI. July 2013.

Mastered at Catasonic, LA.

Bandcamp
dsenoise.com

Photo Credit: Kristina King

 

Face Cutter

 

 

C60 Cassette. Ed 30.
Green Records and Tapes

Dagon is a live studio recording of the noise collaboration between DSE and Witches of Malibu. This cassette contains the extended track Constrictor and the track Naga.

Green Records and Tapes, Ypsilanti, MI. July 2013.

Mastered at Catasonic, LA.

Witches of Malibu is the noise project of Richard Skott Rusch. This project is comprised of violently psychedelic electronics, American industrial power of suggestion, and meditations on relaxation through noise mongering.

Scott Rusch has been associated with the bands Hunting Lodge, Screw Machine, and Farflung.

Dagon Product Shot