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Letitia Quesenberry and Aaron Rosenblum
January 14, 2018 - February 11, 2018
A Brief Elaboration of a Tube
A Brief Elaboration of a Tube is the first collaboration between visual artist Letitia Quesenberry and sound artist Aaron Rosenblum. In their own work and in this piece, both artists seek what Quesenberry calls “the cultivation of an aesthetic inscrutability.”
Quesenberry’s work has become concerned with the properties and perception of light. The Hyperspace series, out of which the current piece grows, consists of light boxes where concentric geometric bands of color change hue in a continuous and unpredictable motion. Through the play of materials, surfaces, and technologies, her works explore the boundaries of visual perception, memory’s effect on present experience, and how these elements relate to ideas of certainty.
Rosenblum’s compositions and installations use field recordings, instruments, and electronics to locate and dislocate the listener in minimally-processed soundscapes. Juxtapositions between familiar and unfamiliar, between natural and anthropogenic sound, and between intentional and unintentional rhythms and harmonies are recurring themes. His works encourage active and engaged listening, but do not offer intentional narratives.
This collaboration draws on the artists’ shared interests in repetition, minimalism, and an oblique approach to meaning. While individual elements of the light and sound patterns repeat, they are constantly rearranged in relation to one another, creating nearly endless recombinations.
Reception: Friday, February 2, 5-7 pm
Letitia Quesenberry (b. 1971, Louisville, KY) explores subtlety and obscurity to investigate memory and perception. While her drawings, photographs, lightboxes, videos, and text-based installations vary in approach and message, her work frequently considers the many ways in which certainty is elusive and ambiguity is compelling. Quesenberry has had solo exhibitions at Pieter PASD, Los Angeles; Rockford University; and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at Ryan Lee Gallery, New York; 21C Museums; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville; Pierogi Gallery, New York; Rare Gallery, New York; the Speed Art Museum, Louisville; and the US Ambassador Residence, Stockholm. Large-scale commissions include scenic design for two productions by the Louisville Ballet. Quesenberry is the recipient of Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2008), Great Meadows Foundation Artists Professional Development Grant (2017/2016), and Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Fellowship (2004). She received a BFA from the University of Cincinnati and lives in Louisville, KY.
Aaron Rosenblum (b. 1981, Mount Kisco, NY) is a sound artist, musician, archivist, and curator working in the fields of radio art, field recording, composition, improvisation, and installation. His installations have been heard at Gallery TK, Northampton, MA; the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; and Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY. His radio works have appeared on Incubate Radio at the Incubate Festival, Tilburg, NL; Stress.fm at ECOS, Lisbon, Portugal; WFMU, Jersey City, NJ; CKUT, Montréal, QC; and WXOX/ARTxFM, Louisville, KY. From 2013 to 2017, he produced Radio Presque Rien, a weekly radio program exploring field recording and soundscapes in art, ethnography, and the natural sciences, on WXOX/ARTxFM Louisville. He is the co-curator of the SONICBernheim lecture/performance series at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, and has curated the shows Necromancing the Screw (Butcher Block Gallery, Louisville, KY, 2007) and Understanding the Indescribable: Paintings by G. Caliman Coxe (Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY, 2017). He is the recipient of the Great Meadows Foundation Curator Travel Grant (2017). He received a BA in experimental music from Hampshire College and lives in Louisville, KY.