Jack Straw Productions

Exhibition Dates: February 9-April 20, 2007


The Jack Straw New Media Gallery opens Terminus, a multichannel video and audio installation of ethereal, evolving "paintings" by Bay Area artist David Kwan. Terminus opens on Friday, February 9, with a reception at 7pm. Kwan will give a talk on Saturday, February 10, 11am, at Jack Straw Productions.


Inspired by end-of-land vistas in the greater Puget Sound, David Kwan's TERMINUS is an evolving tableau of the vast light, water and landforms in the area. He collects images and sounds at terminal points for various roadways, shipping and rail lines from the length of South Seattle to Orcas Island, and superimposes them in looped segments of disproportionate lengths to produce a continuously transforming environment. As component elements progressively enter and leave, the composite landscape and soundscape grow with determined complexity and organicism. The terminus of one passage heralds the beginning of another as all points become indeterminate.

David Kwan is a sound and visual artist who creates works for a wide variety of settings including concerts, video, and installation. Whether working with sound or images, he creates formal systems to frame our surroundings and to engage experiential aspects of listening and seeing. His work is marked with nascent environments, forms unfolding over time, and gradual transformative processes.

David Kwan has presented work at the University Art Museum in Berkeley, Pacific Film Archive, CalArts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, and The Lab in San Francisco. He has also worked with musical ensembles such as RAJAR, The Boy Beneath the Sea, Vorticella, and Circular Firing Squad. His work can be heard on the Asphodel, Foundry and Artifact labels. He currently resides in Oakland, California.

TERMINUS from David Kwan on Vimeo.

Read reviews about Terminus:

Christopher DeLaurenti: "The Score," The Stranger
Claire Emiko Fant: "Media artist alters aural and visual forms," InternationalExaminer




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:

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.

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