Snake River

Snake River: Charles Gaines & Edgar Arceneaux


REDCAT will present newly commissioned works by Los Angeles based artists Charles Gaines and Edgar Arceneaux. This exhibition will encompass new film projects shot at the Snake River, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria and the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Lentos Museum of Modern Art and with acclaimed composer Sean Griffin.

The project will take the form of a film montage and installation that connects the two distinctive performing arts venues and the nearly 700 mile long Snake River that runs from Oregon into Idaho serving as the feed to over twenty tributary basins. Forming a literal and metaphoric analogy between the path of the river and the architecture of a rehearsal site, the artists traverse the sensorial and intellectual space that links the physical path of a primordial formation with the sentient abstractions of music. The music becomes a tributary of the architecture and, at the same time, the architecture becomes the instrument of the musical ensemble. This double identity is put into play by the analogy as the river is realized as geological architecture and the site of cultural history. The exhibition will be accompanied by a two-volume catalogue documenting this project and the artists' works.

Snake River is a collaboration with the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz and is made possible by the Nimoy Foundation; Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation; V. Joy Simmons; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; and Adamski/Gallery for Contemporary Art. Additional support provided by Campari.

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