What is art? Is it static and austere, created to be hung on a wall and remain inviolable? Or is it dynamic, unable to exist as a commodifiable object, only existing fully in the now? Angels Gate explores this question with "Spontaneous Aura," an exhibition of some of the most innovative and exciting artists from across a full spectrum of performing arts. Featuring readings from stand-up poet and progenitor of the Long Beach poetry scene Gerald Locklin, the improvised electronic soundscapes of experimental composer and guitarist Shin Kawasaki, performance from installation group FLOOD, and a collection of past works from longtime Angels Gate collaborator Jocelyn Foye. Plus, performances from local poets and artists. Spend an afternoon in Building H with some of LA and the Port area's most unconventional performers. Following the opening of "For Fame and Love," a new rock n' roll themed exhibit in Gallery A.
Gerald Locklin is now a Lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California and a Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Long Beach, where he taught from 1965 through 2007. A profile based on a retirement event was recently broadcast on NPR and is archived. He is the author of over 125 books, chapbooks, and broadsides of poetry, fiction, and criticism, with over 3000 poems, stories, articles, reviews, and interviews published in periodicals. His writings are archived by the Special Collections of the CSULB library. He has resumed (with his son, Zachary Locklin) co-editing the poetry for the Chiron Review. He is listed in the usual literary directories. He publishes regularly in 5:00 AM, Ambit (London), Tears in the Fence (Dorset), Poetry International, New York Quarterly, Storie (Rome), Nerve Cowboy, Slipstream, Freefall, Coagula Art Journal, Home Planet News; The Ragged Edge, and many other periodicals. A comprehensive collection of essays regarding his work with an extensive and updated bibliography, Gerald Locklin: A Critical Introduction, edited by Michael Basinski, will be available from Blazevox Books, Kenmore, New York, in 2009.
Shin Kawasaki has been exploring his capacity to be his own orchestra in his solo act which he sometimes refers to as "Shinkawasaki 3.0." Largely improvised on the spot, he utilizes his loop machine to record his voice/guitar, play them back, and add melodic/rhythmic textures on top to create a massive soundscape. Since his arrival in Los Angeles in 1999, Shin Kawasaki has been performing and recording as a guitarist with the likes of Chili Charles (dr/ ex. Mike Oldfield, Lowell George, Brian Wilson, Ben Harper etc.), Misha Segal (Emmy-winning composer/pianist) and Visiting Violette. In addition, Kawasaki composes and produces music for various media outlets including film and television. Among his accomplishments include, "The Day You Shine," a twenty minute promotional video produced for Lakeland College in Tokyo and the video won the Telly Awards in 2002. Kawasaki's music can be heard in television commercials for Fancl Cosmetics, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, KDDI America, Japan Airlines, NHK Enterprise and Japan Air Force to name a few. His music was also featured at The Turkey Shoot Music Festival 2003 which took place at historical Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
FLOOD has been working on installation projects for the last six years. FLOOD is interested in testing the limits of artistic expression through collaboration and experimentation within a variety of artistic genres. In addition to its own art, FLOOD curates the annual Soundwalk sonic installation event in downtown Long Beach. Current members of FLOOD are Kamran Assadi, Shea M Gauer, Frauke von der Horst, Scott A Peterson, Shelley RuggThorp and Marco Schindelmann.
Jocelyn Foye is a former studio artist and frequent collaborator of Angels Gate. Her work stems from an understanding of this scientific practice of observing and collecting. Currently, She is trying to capture and illustrate how the reoccurrence of every day processes derived from labor produces a fundamental visual pattern. Using the principles of design and an almost cultural studies approach, aesthetic beauty becomes one of desired outcomes for this work. Foye received her BA from Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut and MFA from CSU, Long Beach, California. She has shown throughout the United States and Europe and has a performance exhibition scheduled at the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at Barnstall, and Real Art Ways in Hartford CT.