I am curating a show that evolves around Yoshi Wada exhibition/performance of his Pipe Horns from Dec 10-22, 2009 at the Emily Harvey Foundation called Pipe Dreams, which will be accompanied by four evenings of performances throughout the duration of the show. This will be Yoshi's first New York exhibit/concert in almost two decades.
I am currently requesting money to help with the cost of transportation for the artists, audio/visual documentation and printing of a silkscreened poster/flyer. This is a labor of love, so I will not be keeping a penny. The exhibition and all of the performances will be open to the public and free of charge. If you are planning on attending - please help. Not in NY? A pledge of $20 will get you a DVD (not available anywhere else) documenting performances by Yoshi Wada (listen to the MP3 - it is a recording of what he will be showing and performing, Pipe Horns), Jeff Perkins lightshow with Messages, Yuji Agematsu trash archive and more. A $40 pledge will include the DVD, a silkscreened poster of this show, plus your choice of an original announcement card for Yoshi Wada exhibitions from either 1989 or 1991 at the Emily Harvey Gallery. Every little bit helps. Click on links that appear as blue text to find more information. Thanks! This is a tax deductible donation under 501c3.
Update: We've reached and exceeded our goal, but we'll keep this page going. More pledge means each participating artists are better served, professional help documenting the events for the DVD/CD and more options for the ephemera productions.
EM RECORDS, who published four of Yoshi Wada reissues/archival releases in collaboration with OMEGA POINT, has posted a link to this page on their homepage. Check it out.
about this show
The works to be exhibited initially are two Pipe Horns; giant handmade wind instruments made of plumbing pipes and fittings, by Yoshi Wada who was working as a plumber at the time. Of Wada’s Pipe Horn concert at the Kitchen in January of 1974, New York Times critic John Rockwell wrote:
“There were four horns on hand, the longest (played by Mr. Wada) more than 20 feet long, the fattest 10 inches in its interior diameter. Mr. Wada, Garrett List, Rhys Chatham and Barbara Stewart blew the horns more or less steadily for nearly two hours, producing deep, resonant sounds separated mostly at the intervals of the fifth and octave, although there was some appealing microtonal drifting, too. There was also an electronic setup under Liz Philips’s direction that generated fixed synthesized tones triggered by what the live players did. The result was certainly one of the more coloristically more attractive of the many recent instances of minimalist, steady state sound that one hears these days”
The exhibition opens with only Wada’s Pipe Horns present in the gallery space. He will perform his Pipe Horns for the opening reception on Dec. 10. Performances by several artists/musicians follow for the duration of the exhibition (Dec 12, 16, 17 and 18). Each performer leaves their performance environment or performance artifact behind after their performances. On the occasion of the closing reception, the show will thus be transformed into a group show – an end of year Emily Harvey Gallery tradition when Emily was still alive.
List of the confirmed artists/performers. (dates TBA)
Yoshi Wada Born in 1943 in Kyoto, Japan. He graduated from the Kyoto University of Fine Arts in 1963 with BA in sculpture, then moved to New York City. He now resides in San Francisco. He has studied music with LaMonte Young (composition), Pandit Pran Nath (singing), Kocherakota Paramijyoti (percussion), James McIntosh and Nancy Crutcher (bagpipe).
Jeff Perkins is a Visual Artist / Film Maker. While serving in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Tokyo, he met Yoko Ono and her husband Anthony Cox. He co-founded 'Single Wing Turquoise Bird', a multimedia group doing Light Shows for Velvet Underground, Grateful Dead and Dr. John to name a few. Jeff has exhibited and performed with Terry Jennings, Angus MacLise & Peter Mays. He will present his strobing geometric lightshow with a live music by Messages.
Yuji Agematsu is an artist/photographer. For the past thirty years he has been picking up discarded things from the street and meticulously archiving them. He has worked with Tokio Hasegawa, former member of Taj Mahal Travellers, and studied yara with Milford Graves. His performance will consist of 35mm slide show with two projectors from his trash collecting as well as location sounds coming out of six boomboxes.
Calder Martin will perform with his synaesthetic video projection of complex luminous optical layering. Calder is a guitarist and visual artist and the founder of the band Vizusa. Arthur Magazine said of Vizusa’s debut LP that “VizUSA is the new psychedelic simple, hard: the rock and roll of Buddy Holly bare bones with the doors of perception jimmyin' and repetitious riff milkin' of Les Rallizes Dénudés.”
Tres Warren is involved in various music and art collaborations including the bands Psychic Ills and Messages. He will be presenting modified multi Super-8 mm projections that utilize the footage collected through the extensive touring throughout U.S. of his band Psychic Ills in 2009.
Emily Kreis Harvey was a New York gallerist known for her support of the international avant-garde community particularly Fluxus and Concept Art artists. The Emily Harvey Foundation, founded in 2004 after the untimely death of Emily, offers residencies in Venice, Italy, for creative thinkers in mid to late career who work in the leading edges of their disciplines.
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