Jack Straw Productions
Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Every Island Fled Away and the
Mountains Could Not Be Found

Installation by JIM HAYNES

Opening Friday, August 17, 7-9:30pm

On view through October 26, 2007

Jack Straw Productions is proud to present Every Island Fled Away and the Mountains Could Not Be Found , a new installation by Bay Area artist Jim Haynes in the Jack Straw New Media Gallery, opening August 17 and on view through October 26, 2007.

Jim Haynes: "For many years now, I have defined my work through the pithy phrase, "I rust things." These three words have defined my artistic activities, and they have adapted well to a multiplicity of meanings and contexts. Initially, my work engaged the physicality of rust as a medium to supplant my frustrations I found in oil painting, developing into strategies for installation and eventually for sound composition. Drawing from the grey ether of shortwave, electric field disturbances, controlled feedback manipulation, and numerous textural scrapings from rusted metals, roughly cut glass, and gritty stones, I build droning sound-fields and compositions of broken minimalism, which are often transmitted through multiple channel speaker constructions alongside other visual ephemera. These sounds flicker, dissolve, mutate, and coagulate into fleeting, but nevertheless sympathetic accompaniments to the visual materials. The results of this engineering through disparate materials seeks to evince the unpredictability of decay, to manifest its potential for a rough hewn beauty, and to bare witness to its inevitability."

Every Island Fled Away and the Mountains Could Not Be Found is an installation for sound constructions and corroded photographs, collectively acting as a metonymic, divergent presentation of how vibrations affect the surface of water. The audio component features a multi-channel sound construction of numerous 3.5 inch speaker cones with small wine glasses resting upon the cone of each speaker. These wine glasses in turn would be filled with variable solutions of cupric sulfate, aluminum chloride, rust, and water. In pushing very low frequencies through the speakers and up through the stem of the glass, the ensuing vibrations would cause variable patterns to appear on the surface of the liquid. The choreography of these vibrating surfaces is complemented by seven composite images of corroded photographs, which has bruised and contaminated by the same chemicals found within the solutions found in the sound constructions. While these images describe similar undulations of watery surfaces, the corrosive process has been so extensive as to obfuscate and abstract those buried images.

Jim Haynes resides in San Francisco and has exhibited at Westspace (Melbourne, Australia), Diapason (New York), The Exploratorium (San Francisco), Works (San Jose), Eyedrum (Atlanta), The Lab (San Francisco), The Fugitive Art Center (Nashville), Zeitgeist (Nashville), and Varnish (San Francisco). He collaborates with Loren Chasse as Coelacanth, an audio/visual ensemble that has produced four album and numerous live performances. Since December 2001, he has been the Editorial Director for 23five, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and increased awareness of sound art within the public arena. Through 23five, he co-curated the 2003 San Francisco Electronic Music Festival and has begun curating the 2007 Activating The Medium Festival at The Exploratorium. He also writes extensively on sound art, noise culture, minimalism, and general music experimentation for The Wire, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Sound Projector, and Chunklet.

Read the review of the installation in The Stranger

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery was opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Gallery residencies include an exhibition of up to three months in the Jack Straw New Media Gallery; 20 hours of studio assistance with one of our engineers; access to Jack Straw Productions audio recording, production, and presentation equipment; and two public events - the opening and an artist talk. This residency is for exhibiting and performing artists in any medium who would like to incorporate sound into their work.

About Jack Straw Artist Residencies

Jack Straw Productions focuses on annual artist residencies through our Artist Support Program, our Writers Program, and New Media Gallery Residency Program. These programs offer established and emerging artists an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs. Proposals are reviewed by an interdisciplinary peer panel (Artist Support and New Media Gallery programs) or Curator (Writers Program).

Website: http://www.jackstraw.org/programs/asp/ASP_main.shtml

Past Jack Straw New Media Gallery Exhibitions

View archived pages of the Jack Straw New Media Gallery, as well as artists' documentation:

Catalyst by Paul Rucker, Spring-Summer 2007 ~ JSP Archive
Terminus by David Kwan, Winter-Spring 2007 ~ JSP Archive
Lonely Microphone by Joe Colley, Winter 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Huldre by S. Lyn Goeringer, Fall 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Rapport by Kichul Kim, Summer 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Fences-Borders by
Richard Lerman, Spring 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Archival Investigations
by Trimpin, Winter 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Maps & Legends by Tania Kupczak, Fall 2005 ~ JSP Archive
The Four Dignities by Rene Yung & Janice Giteck, Summer 2005 ~ JSP Archive
Organic Plan
by Kristin Tollefson, Spring 2005 ~ JSP Archive
String Quartet #2
by Joe Diebes, Winter 2005 ~ JSP Archive
YIJU: songs of dislocation by Byron Au Yong, Fall/Winter 2004 ~ JSP Archive ~ yijusongs

Untitled by Iole Alessandrini, Summer/Fall 2004 ~ JSP Archive ~ iole.org
dislocator by Randy Moss, Spring 2004 ~ rmoss.com
Searching for a Quiet Place: Turnbull Bay by Jesse Paul Miller, Winter 2003/04 ~ jesse paul miller
Precisely Known, Completely Lost by Perri Lynch, Fall 2003 ~ Velocity Made Good
Chamber Music by Steve Roden, Summer 2003 ~ inbetweennoise.com
Klavier Nonette by Trimpin, Spring 2003
Revisiting Septermber 11, 19[72] by Mark Polishook & Lisa Hutton ~ revisiting
Perfect Pitch by Jim Pridgeon, Summer 2002 ~ Press Release
and there was concrete skin for your face by Maureen Whiting, Spring 2002
~ Maureen Whiting Company
7Ply - Plywood and Memory by Don Fels, Winter 2001/02
Soundescapes by Matthew Bauer
Salmon Song by Jim Pridgeon, Summer 2001 ~ Salmon Song
Heard Said by Stuart Keeler, Spring 2001
Uroborous - Light and Sound by Bret Battey, Fall 2000 ~ Bret Battey
Dream Time Pieces by Stuart Dempster and Renko Ishida Dempster, Spring 2000
Nearly Seen, Closely Heard by Susie Kozawa and Jesse Minkert, Winter 1999/2000

Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges the support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, ArtsFund, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and our individual contributors for their vital support of our programs and services.

Jack Straw Productions presents


Thursday, August 16, 8pm

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N - 4th Flr, Seattle

$5-15 sliding scale admission

Jack Straw Productions presents two leaders in the West Coast adventurous music scene at the acoustically majestic Chapel Performance Space. A pilgrim of sound art, Jim Haynes brings his audio-based explorations of decomposition and decay to Seattle for a live performance. Joining him is audio art and noise music impresario Eric Lanzillotta. Jim Haynes performs as a part of his Jack Straw New Media Gallery residency.

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