'Litany' is an immersive multi-video projection installation created by Erin Elyse Burns that explores mental imagery inspired by composer John Cage's 1980 vocal work entitled 'Litany for the Whale'. The Cage piece has a call and response structure written for two voices reminiscent of religious chants.
Jeremiah Cawley will be in Seattle from London to perform the John Cage score within the video installation at A Project Space. During the live performance Cawley will respond to his own voice which was recorded in a 15th century London cathedral.
The video installation imagery draws on winter in the Northwest and analogies of the mind during meditation. It complements the sound through a series of vignettes and visual pairings that build upon each other including steam, fog, smoke, whispers, screams, light and line.
Erin Elyse Burns completed her MFA in Photomedia at the University of Washington in 2009. She has lived and worked in Basel, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany and has exhibited her work widely. Burns resides in Seattle where she is adjunct photography faculty at the University of Washington and North Seattle Community College. Burns' other recent projects include: Hungry Ghosts, a site-specific music and art collaboration with Seattle composer Nat Evans at the 100 Acres Sculpture Park, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Her video work is currently on view at Seattle's 4Culture e4c Electronic Gallery. Burns also presents small group shows, the first of which, Of Light and Land, was a group video screening at the Tashiro Kaplan Artists Lofts in Seattle. The second was an exhibition hosted by the Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno, Nevada entitled Trespasses as Whispers.
Jeremiah Cawley www.jeremiahcawley.com
Jeremiah Cawley is a conductor, singer, and trombonist whose interests and performance experience extend from the music of the Renaissance to contemporary art music. As founder, artistic director, and conductor of the up-and-coming new music ensemble The Box Is Empty, Cawley has conducted multiple world and US premieres, including music by Steve Reich, David Lang, and Louis Andriessen, and Michel Van Der Aa. He continues to expand the group's repertoire, and through working closely with local and not-so-local composers, he continues to explore today's art music. Cawley is currently completing his Doctor of Music Arts degree in Choral Conducting under Dr. Geoffrey Boers at the University of Washington and he recently relocated to London.
A Project Space www.aprojectspace.com
A Project Space offers a unique alternative to the traditional artist residency, providing the artist both studio and exhibition space. It is the only venue of its kind in Seattle, where artists have an opportunity to present work at an opening exhibition, continue to experiment and develop ideas and at a closing reception show work in progress or a resolved exhibit. Artists are encouraged to invite the public into the space during their residency to view the evolution of their work. A Project Space allows both the artist and the audience the possibility for an intimate, immediate, and engaging interaction with the artist's work in the environment where it was created.
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1941 1st Ave S. Seattle, WA 98134
Seattle, WA 98134