Daniel Bertalot / Mary Walling Blackburn
Pre-industrial European villages usually had a commonly owned area where grain was pounded from its sheaf called a threshing floor. This was a transitional space where objects changed shape through rhythmic physical effort, or through some collective movement that was indissolubly sonic.
“Threshing Floors” is an exhibition project in five parts that takes this historical space as a point of departure. Each artist will present new work from their own on-going investigations. The wish is to stage a series of propositions about the relationship between sound and its material vehicle, or its sheaf. Sound and the body. Sound and the microphone. Sound and the ground. Perhaps these elements cannot be threshed, perhaps the project will wish in vain. Perhaps the viewer will get lost in the movement and forget about the task of threshing altogether.
More information on the project—including curatorial essays, artists’ writing, and some documentation—can be found on the project website: http://threshingfloors.net
Curated by Natasha Marie Llorens, with Natasha Hoskins.
Jules Gimbrone — May 2 – May 6
Essex Olivares — May 8 – May 12
Kabir Carter — May 13 – May 17
Bill Dietz — May 19 – May 24 (Daily exercises)
Daniel Bertalot / Mary Walling Blackburn — May 26 – May 31 (Daily performances)