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OPENING: The Shaping Light

  • ESS 5925 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)

To celebrate the opening of The Shaping Light in Audible Gallery dancer AYAKO KATO will perform solo in ESS's garden.





Experimental Sound Studio's Audible Gallery is pleased to present The Shaping Light, an exhibition of new visual works by ROB MAZUREK. The Shaping Light is Mazurek's first solo gallery exhibition in Chicago.

Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Rob Mazurek has maintained a serious visual arts practice for many years. In both the musical and visual realms, his output is prolific, focused, expansive, evocative, nuanced, and explosive. For The Shaping Light, Mazurek presents new works that represent his full range of visual arts practice: installation, sculpture, and two-dimensional pieces that incorporate neon light, metal, collage, and paint. For those familiar with his music, the attitude, sensibility, and craft in his visual work will come as no surprise, exuding the same combination of neo-expressive clarity and dense materiality, sometimes in corrosive collision, at other times in stark harmony. Gesture is paramount: Mazurek's hand is always apparent, always engaged - like his cornet sound, in which one feels the body intimately shaping the melody, his visual works embody breath and hand shaping light, surface, color and line. The Shaping Light also shapes the space, extending from Audible Gallery's intimate warmth through the building's interior and outside along the roof and garden. Recalling some of Mazurek titles, these pieces loop and holler through the space in a fluid syncopated trip like a New Orleans second-line strut.

In conjunction with The Shaping Light, ESS is presenting three concerts by Rob Mazurek with invited guests, and Psychotropic Electric Eel Dream IV, a four-channel sound composition for the ESS Florasonic sound installation series at Lincoln Park Conservatory.



Concerts at ESS:

Monday, April 3: Rob Mazurek solo, presented as part of the Option Series.

Tuesday, April 4: Rob Mazurek (cornet and electronics) with Lou Mallozzi (turntables, CDs, mixer).

Wednesday, April 5: Rob Mazurek with guest TBA.


Florasonic at Lincoln Park Conservatory

Psychotropic Electric Eel Dream IV

Opening reception: Sunday April 2, 3PM-5PM

On view: April 2 - June 20, 2017

Ayako Kato is an award-winning Japanese native and Chicago-based dancer, choreographer, improviser, teacher, and curator. Influenced by a Japanese view of nature and the philosophy of Tao, Ayako's dance movement encourages the audience to perceive the intangible, the beauty of being as it is, which affirms and nurtures the ephemeral nature and dignity of life. Since 1998, she is an artistic director of Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape and presented her multidisciplinary work extensively in the US, Japan and Europe. In 2016, she received a 3Arts Award in Dance, Meier Achievement Award, and Top 5 Chicago Choreographers of 2016 by Newcity Stage. She performed her works recently at venues/festivals such as 3Klang Tage, Switzerland; DOEK Festival, Amsterdam; the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT; Tabito Arts Meeting Festival, Fukushima; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Pivot Arts Festival, Chicago; and SpinOff Festival at Chicago Cultural Center. Her group work The Incidents was selected for the Best of Dance 2014 in Chicago Tribune. She will present the world premiere blue fish on April 21 & 22, 2017 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park supported by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.