In conjunction with Ben Durham's current exhibition Portraits, Maps, Texts, Nicole Klagsbrun is pleased to present Heather (dictacted text), a collaborative sound performance by Durham and artist/musician Robert Beatty on Saturday, May 11th from 6 till 8pm, followed by a reception with the artists.
Working with cassette tape recordings of Durham dictating the text from his portraits, Beatty will create a live processed sound improvisation while the artist recites the text in front of the audience. Beatty's extensive manipulation of the tape and treatment of the recorded voice as pure sound re-imagines how we transmit and receive information and what we lose in the process. Just as Durham's Text Portraits are constructed layer upon layer out of written text, the artist's voice becomes buried under its own sound, creating an experience where narrative is examined yet obscured.
Durham's work has been exhibited in institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and the 21c Museum in Louisville, KY, and is in several private and public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the Hammer Museum, CA, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VA. Durham was born in Lexington, KY and lives and works in Richmond, VA.
Robert Beatty is an artist and musician based in Lexington, Kentucky. Beatty performs music as Three Legged Race and is a founding member of the noise band Hair Police, as well as a frequent collaborator with artists as diverse as Takeshi Murata, C. Spencer Yeh and Robert Schneider of Apples in Stereo. He designs album art and posters for artists and musicians and is currently featured in the latest edition of the publication Kramers Ergot, for which he also designed the cover.