Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
May 7, 2013
Radar Reading Series
San Francisco Public Library
February 1 – February 28
The Sounds of Silence
The film component of the exhibition Silence, the Sounds of Silence comprises experimental films, two feature films, and a documentary that explore silence as either subject or medium. Ingmar Bergman’s masterful The Silence describes the terrible quiet left behind by God’s absence; Pat Collins’s windswept Silence follows an audio recordist as he reconnects with the source of sound; and Philip Gröning’s reverential Into Great Silence closely portrays the muted days of an alpine monastery. Two programs of experimental films amplify the theme, tracing the use of silence and hushed sound from the 1940s to the present.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Sourcing Sound: Experimental Works
Rudy Lemcke and Darrin Martin in person. Experimental media typically seeks to undermine the logic between a sound and its source, but this program pursues a different path, where sound and image are unified by the medium. Includes work by Warner Jepson, Robert Russett, Scott Wolniak, Van McElwee, Stephen Vitiello, Darrin Martin, and Rudy Lemcke. (77 mins)
December 6, 2012
To Be Determined #2
The Sounds of Silence: Three Evenings of Film
Rice Media Center, Houston
Sourcing Sound & Image (76 minutes)
Monday September 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Sourcing Sound & Image tends more towards electronic work but in this installment the source of sound and picture is intimately wed. In some cases, the same pulse or data has been split to form an image and a sound, so the two are inseparable expressions of the same impulse.
Self-Portrait Warner Jepson (1975, Sound, 45 mins, 6 min excerpt, Color, Video)
Primary Stimulus Robert Russett (1977, Sound, 13 minutes, B&W, 16mm)
Flash Art Scott Wolniak (2011, Sound, 5:13 mins, Color, Video)
Lightning Field Rudy Lemcke (2003, Sound, 2:30 mins, B&W, Video)
Radio Island Van McElwee (1997, Sound, 11:40 mins, Color, Video)
Light Reading(s) Stephen Vitiello (2003, Sound, 10:44 mins, Color, Video)
Monody in Harmony Darrin Martin (2004/5, 17:20 mins, Color, Video)
Waterlilies Rudy Lemcke (2003, Sound, 4:04 mins, B&W, Video)
Brilliant Noise Semiconductor (2006, Sound, 5:47 mins, B&W, Video)
RIP Remy Charlip (1929 – 2012)
I had the pleasure of working with Remy on this little Flash animation in 2000 as part of Qcc’s Net Arts commissioning project. The music was written for Remy by his partner Lou Harrison. I re-formatted it as a Quicktime movie and put it up on YouTube a few days ago. Bittersweet.
July 27, 2012
I’m in the Film program of this show at the Menil Collection. The exhibition and film programs are coming to UAM/PFA in January, 2013.
July 27, 2012 – October 21, 2012
Silence is a powerful force. It can produce profound emotions or conjure startling sensory experiences, and it seems inextricably linked to the passage of time. A prerequisite for contemplative thought, silence has become a scarce commodity in today’s media-saturated world. The exhibition and catalogue project Silence considers this important and little-examined subject in modern and contemporary art. Ranging from uncanny to incantatory to experiential, its broad range of works are not all without sound, but all reflect the many ways artists invoke silence to shape space and consciousness.
Organized by the Menil Collection and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Silence features paintings and sculptures from the Menil’s permanent collection as well as works by an international group of artists. Additionally, it includes a film and video series on the subject under development by curators at the Pacific Film Archive. Artists featured in Silence include Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, David Hammons, Tehching Hsieh, Jennie C. Jones, Jacob Kirkegaard, René Magritte, Mark Manders, Christian Marclay, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Max Neuhaus, Robert Rauschenberg, Doris Salcedo, Tino Sehgal, and others.
Mondays in September, 2012 Rice Media Center
The Sounds of Silence: Three Evenings of Film
Steve Seid, video curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, presents a three-part screening series of experimental films and video works dating back to 1936. A Kind of Hush examines the aesthetics of silence in avant-garde practice; Sonic Slippage and Sourcing Sound emphasize the use of sound as a subversive tool and subject of study.
A Kind of Hush (91 minutes)
Monday, September 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Opening reception, 6:00 p.m.
Includes works by Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, and Nam June Paik, with an introduction by Steve Seid
Sonic Slippage (76 minutes)
Monday, September 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Includes works by Rebecca Baron and Douglas Goodwin, Bruce Conner, and Steina
Sourcing Sound (76 minutes)
Monday, September 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Includes works by Rudy Lemcke, Semiconductor, and Scott Wolniak
Here are the two pieces that are going to be in the film program in case you can’t make it to Houston!
Lightning Field (2003)
Note: Waterlilies was retitled Wormholes and included in my Search for Life in Distant Galaxies hybrid web narrative piece in 2011. The original 2003 piece is in the program.
July 21, 2012
I got nominated for a SECA award at SFMOMA today. The nomination goes out to A LOT of Bay Area artists. Then the curatorial committee narrows this list to 12 and then the SECA committee members do studio visits and they figure out who will “win” the award. I don’t exactly know how the nomination process works; but I think that the SECA curators ask for nominations from various Bay Area arts professionals – curators, writers, academics, dealers, etc. Actually I’ve been nominated before – a couple of times over the course of my 30 years – and never even made it to the studio visit phase. But it’s an honor to be nominated (thank you SECA committee). I do hope that I will get a studio visit this time! I’d love for the curators to see my work in person.
As Ruth Gordon – at 80 years old – said in her Academy Award acceptance speech: “This is very encouraging!”
This cycle is going to be slightly different because of the renovation being done at the Museum. All of the nominees are being asked to develop an idea for an off-site piece. I have a great idea…more later.
UPDATE: I didn’t get it…oh well.
June 21, 2012
Panji Tomo: The New World is now available on ITunes/Books as a free download for IPad.
I’m currently developing an animation project, Ipad game app and site-specific augmented reality installation based on this work. I released a book of my sketches for the project in the Fall (2011) and then uploaded the drawings as a Free IBook (2012). If you have an Ipad, you can download it from the following link.
Or if you want the “real” thing. You can buy the printed book from my Etsy store.
June 1 – 26, 2012
I’m recreating part of my City of the Future (after Tarkovsky’s Solaris) – Installation from 2007 for this exhibition.
It’s a dual channel video projection. The first video City of the Future (view below) , plays as a continuous loop on one wall. On the opposite wall is a cycle of 10 videos including Wittgenstein and the Problem of other Minds (view below) . To see the original installation and videos go to the Navigation bar at the top of the page.
City of the Future (loop)
Wittgenstein and the Problem of Other Minds
June 10, 2012
Atlanta-based performance collective John Q (Joey Orr, Andy Ditzler, and Wesley Chenault) join GLBT Historical Society Artist-in-Residence E.G. Crichton and artist/Queer Cultural Center co-founder Rudy Lemcke for an evening of visual and performative conversation exploring the intersection of archival research and the creative process. The group will present provisional findings of their current collaborative archive exchange.
The Search for Life in Distant Galaxies project involved creating a fictional archive that was in fact loosely based on bits and pieces of archival material cobbled together from the GLBT Historical Archive in San Francisco. I will be discussing that project and a collaborative project in development with E.G. Crichton and John Q.
March 2 – April 25, 2012
A temporary store of over 1,000 artist books, zines, & other unusual print publications
Panji Tomo: The New World
Book Release. December 2011
Go to Panji Tomo Page for more information
Panji Tomo: The New World – a sketchbook novel by Rudy Lemcke. Here’s a little animation of me flipping through the book so you can see what it looks like…
Buy a copy of this limited edition for only $10!