Friday, February 21, 2014

Exhibitions | Marcelo Toledo "Northern Skies" at The Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library

An exhibition at the Music & Arts Library at Columbia University presented original music scores by Marcelo Toledo.  Containing excerpts from a larger work entitled  "Northern skies, the notation of the music" is derived from the shapes of 21 constellations from the skies in the northern hemisphere.
One excerpt, "Notturno", is scored for clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone, while a second, Luminous emptiness, is scored for flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin and violoncello,

Central aspects of the composer’s approach to instrumental writing include the exploration of new instrumental techniques, the use of complex sounds, the relationship between expression and sonic structure, and the dynamic and interactive process between sound material and its visual representation.

The clear representation of visual materials re-injects new possibilities into the compositional process. A permanent back and forth between sound material and its notation occurs in the representation of musical ideas.  The flexibility of the mechanism of representation expands the musical materials and opens--in an almost rhizomatic way--the intermediate states of the sound/image relationship.
Elizabeth Davis
See the library website for location and hours
"Luminous Emptiness" audio excerpts

Vernissages | Ivy Brown presents "Zoobs: Consolidate the Experience"

The London based visual artist Zoobs merges photography and illustrations in his digitally altered portraits of celebrities on view at his first New York show, at Ivy Brown Gallery. A few snapshots from last night event, curated by Ivy Brown.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Public Art | The Phoenix Project at St. John the Divine

Views of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine from Amsterdam Avenue

The Phoenix Project by the Chinese artist Xu Bing

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Vernissages | January 30 - February 14

Frank Thiel "Nowhere is a Place" at Sean Kelly

Grisha Bruskin at Marlborough Gallery
"The Snap Cardiga Exhibition" at Agnes B

Sebastian Errazuriz "Tough Love" at Storefront for Art and Architecture

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

camminando | Cold Walks

Central Park is still snow covered and temperatures still several degrees below freezing; it is one of the coldest NYC winters I have ever experienced. Walks are often painfully cold although the multi-layer clothing. Below are visual memories of the urban spaces encountered on February 10 and the white Central Park toured on February 11.

A view of the Empire State Building from Fifth Avenue at 38 Street
The New York Public Library seen from West 42 Street
Times Square views
Broadway at 68 Street 
Total walk length: 4.5km

Views of Central Park from afternoon to evening
Total walk length: 7 km