Installation of "Wind Sound", 1970
From October 1 – 11, a solo installation of William Leavitt’s Wind Sound will be presented in the Sam Francis Gallery. It will remain on view after the She Accepts the Proposition opening on October 15.
About Wind Sound (1970): This sound piece was presented at Eugenia Butler Gallery in 1970 as part of William Leavitt’s first solo exhibition in a commercial gallery. For the show, Leavitt created two tableaux, Forest Sound (1970) and Garden Sound (1970), in which he explored the use of artificial elements such as plastic plants and trees as well as sound effects to evoke the natural while not attempting to disguise the artificiality of either situation. In contrast, Wind Sound, installed in the Butler Gallery office, was spare. Leavitt appropriated a stock recording of wind purchased from a sound effects library on La Brea Avenue. The looped sound was then fed through a basic “Radio Shack” transmitter and received on a transistor radio on an opposing wall; the resultant broadcast being what Leavitt has called “absurdist.”
She accepts the proposition: Women Gallerists and the redefinition of art in Los Angeles, 1967-1978 is presented as part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative.