Andy Paiko and Ethan Rose
Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers introduces Transference, a kinetic-sound installation by Andy Paiko and Ethan Rose.
Musician and artist Rebecca Gates offers her initial thoughts after meeting with Andy Paiko and Ethan Rose during the fabrication of Transference.
Craft Conversation: Transference
Glass artist Andy Paiko and composer Ethan Rose discuss their collaborative installation, Transference. The artists talk with musician, artist and writer Rebecca Gates and moderator Namita Gupta Wiggers.
The Making of Transference
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Transference.
An Interview with Andy Paiko and Ethan Rose
Glass artist Andy Paiko and Sound Artist/Composer Ethan Rose discuss Transference.
Craft Conversation: Transference
Ethan Rose, Andy Paiko and Rebecca Gates
November 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Live Music Accompaniment to Transference
Featuring saxophonists Joe Cunningham (Blue Cranes, Decemberists, Charlie Hunter) and Reed Wallsmith (Blue Cranes)
January 7, 2010
November 19, 2009 – January 09, 2010
Curated by: Namita Gupta Wiggers
Transference is a collaborative installation that explores the aural potential of glass – specifically of the glass vessel. Glass artist Andy Paiko and sound artist/composer Ethan Rose share a mutual interest in recontextualizing antiquated objects and technologies. Inspired by the buried histories of the glass harp and glass armonica, Transference employs the strangely ethereal sounds of the “singing” vessel with the aural and physical sensations of seemingly random spinning bowls. Dating back to the Renaissance, the glass armonica is typically played by rubbing a wet finger around the rim of a series of glasses or goblets of various sizes set across a table. Immensely popular from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries, many composers, including Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Tchiakovsky composed works for the glass armonica, later transcribed for more traditional instruments. In this exhibition, the artists remove the performer, relying on electronic composition to trigger movement, vibration and sound in bowls mounted on walls and atop pedestals. This alternative version of a nearly forgotten instrument calls attention to history while simultaneously reminding viewers of the unexpected potential of the deceivingly simple glass bowl.
Portland artist Andy Paiko is known for ambitious, technical works which explore the metaphorical and symbolic tension of form versus function. His work has been featured in such national print publications as ELLE, House and Garden and Glass Art Quarterly, and on-line blogs Boing Boing and designsponge. He was selected as one of twenty emerging Searchlight Artists for 2008 by the American Craft Council. Paiko holds a BS in Studio Art from California Polytechnic State University and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
Experimental sound artist and composer Ethan Rose specializes in found sounds and the re-contextualization of music technologies from the past. His work was included in the film Paranoid Park (2007), directed by Gus Van Sant, and has been reviewed by national publications including The New York Times, Pitchfork and XLR8R. He has performed as part of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival and the SXSW Music Festival, among many other venues throughout the nation. Rose holds a BA in Music Composition from Lewis & Clark College and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
Transference was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art. CD recordings and limited edition glass works and are available for purchase in The Gallery or online.
The artists would like to thank the following individuals and companies for their technical assistance and support in developing this installation:
Belle Chesler · Crouzet Motors · Dymax Corporation · Firehouse Glass · Travis Gintz · Green Street Details · Jointway International · Dave Madden · Merkled · Synchromotive
To learn more about the history of the glass armonica and to see it played:
Glass Armonica version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
Glass Harp version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE SUPPORTED BY:
Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation · Maribeth Collins · The Collins Foundation · John Gray Charitable Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation · John and Suzanne Bishop · PGE Foundation · Regional Arts & Culture Council · Mary Hoyt Stevenson Foundation · Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust