Stuart Dempster playing trombone in front of two paintings.

Renko and Stuart Dempster | Dream-Time-Pieces

A gallery space with backlit paintings on a wall, people seated in the foreground. Stuart Dempster blows into a long, winding tube and Loren Dempster plays cello.May 3-June 30, 2000

Dream-Time-Pieces showcases Stuart Dempster’s didjeridu compositions, Didjeridervish (1971-72), JDBBBDJ (1983), Sound Massage Parlor (1986), and Dream Timepiece (1998).  Six paintings by Renko Ishida Dempster (Dreamtime 1, 2, and 3Corroboree 1 and 2; and Brolga) figure prominently as scores in performances during this installation. These paintings are simultaneously presented in their original form and in altered states.  As the viewers move about the gallery space, their movements trigger sound and visual changes. The installation also features a four channel rendering of Stuart Dempster’s Underground Overlays from the Cistern Chapel.  This recording invokes the sensations of the infamous Fort Worden cistern.

Renko Ishida Dempster’s paintings, inspired by her time in Brisbane, were used as scores by Stuart Dempster, who performed on his various didjeridus and other instruments, in several Wednesday night performances of Sound Massage Parlor.  Installations will include processing of paintings and a sound garden that will include hanging instruments.

Other special events during the installation included a performance from the movement group ROOM (featuring Stuart Dempster and Renko Ishida Dempster,  with Sheri Cohen, John Dixon, and Tonya Lockyer) and a performance of the Dempster family, featuring Renko Ishida Dempster and Stuart Dempster with their sons, Brian (presenting poetry), and Loren, performing on the cello.


Black and white photo of Stuart and Renko Dempster, Stuart holding a trombone.

Renko and Stuart Dempster

Renko Ishida Dempster. a.k.a. Suiren (Water Lily), artist name given to her by her father, was born and brought up in San Francisco, California. She inherited Japanese aesthetics…