Rare image textures present young earth drawings, discarded letters, medieval poems, ankle sprains, sacred relics, bad translations, coins as strawberries – with decay looming always in the periphery.
Spark Contemporary Art Space is a venue that has been in and out of activity over the past ten years in Syracuse. It comprises of two, attached rooms, both with street-presence. Over the years, independent curators, promoters, artists and collectives have used the space to host their own distinct events. It continues to remain a crucial part of the Syracuse community, allowing for the more adventurous artistic and curatorial endeavours to be realised, tested, and received. As of late August 2014, I began running the space as the coordinator.
Alex McNamee and Ode de Kort (above) are two of the artists included in a collaborative publication Eyelid Reports, which was produced by the participants of the Artist’s Research Laboratory in Como, Italy last summer at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti. In this publication, released by Mousse (Milan) at Frieze London 2014, I have three short prose works, including “Had the Nightingale Not Arrived,” an imagined evening in John Keats’ bedroom where the object of his desire never does swim into his ken.
A brief profile on teaching and art practice from a Syracuse-based paper here>
A collaboration with Ecuadorian artist, Oscar Santillon, on his video “The Crescent Phases” featuring a string of music performances/reiterations of a bird song. I composed a piece which drew solely on the performances that appear in the video to create an overture that plays at the beginning of the video.
This project screened for the first time at VIDEO ART Alternatif festival at the Lumiere Cinema in Maastricht, Netherlands.