frequency
This exhibition debuts a new body of work. Radio and record player cabinets from the 1930’s have been transformed using futuristic technologies of yesteryear and modern cutting-edge electronics. Unified by the vehicle, these works are also a variety of attempts to visualize sound and electromagnetics and to listen to light. Our experience of the world around us is formed by our biology’s ability to translate wave patterns into arias, cinematic masterpieces, and images clearer than high definition. All that we can hear or see is information gathered by our eyes and ears, and then processed by our brains. Before we experience it with our eyes and ears, it truly only exists as a wave pattern.

For years, I’ve been exploring this invisible reality using water waves. With this new body of work, I look to deepen the connections between our biology, our imagination, and the information that makes up our existence. Manmade radio waves from cell phones, wifi devices, distant AM/FM towers, remote control toys, and orbiting satellites constantly bounce and reflect off every surface of our surroundings. Cosmic waves and rays do the same. In fact, we are only capable of directly experiencing the slightest of fractions of all that information. We can see much less than 0.01% of the known light in the universe. We can hear much less than that of all the frequencies of sound waves that exist. Even that little amount

What would the sunrise sound like, if only we could hear it? What would a hall filled with orchestral music look like if each instrument pushed visible waves of light into the audience?

This exhibition will also debut the first portion of a large geodesic dome project that was in part funded by Artist Trust. The panels of this dome act as a projection screen which the artist will project digital video files and use real-time devices that translate water waves into light patterns on the dome’s surface. Eventually the entire dome will stand over twelve (12) feet tall and span twenty (20) feet in diameter. For the Esvelt Gallery, one fifth of the dome will grow from the corner of the gallery. Visitors will be invited to walk around and into the fragment, being submerged in a dry fluidity.

frequency, a solo exhibition in Esvelt Gallery on the campus of Columbia Basin College, ran from January 7 through February 5, 2015.
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