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Joshua Churchill & Larnie Fox:

Reverse Flow

October 12 - November 9, 2001

Opening Reception Friday October 12: 6:30 — 9:30

Artists' Talk Thursday October 18: 7:00 — 8:30

 

 

In Joshua Churchill and Larnie Fox’s kinetic installations for Pond, simple materials, everyday objects, and antiquated technologies (alarm clock, radio, tv’s, airplane propellers, bamboo, copper) are equipped with light, sound, and motion sensors forming two separate environmentally-responsive systems. Set off by incidental stimuli (the sound of laughter, a passing ambulance siren, the motion of a passersby) and in turn each other, the installations sonically express the syntax of circumstance, the morphology of chance, thereby replacing the objects’ former functionality and utilitarian purpose with new meaning.

Inspiring admiration for the beauty and sound produced by the mechanical contraptions, the works’ mechanical brilliance humiliates the digital, as Fox puts it. He points out that both his and Churchill’s work explore the logic of how something works rather than what something looks like–a contrary logic in today’s Digital Age that privileges surface and screen. ‘But after all, it’s always been the role of art to be contrary . . . ‘

 

Joshua was born in Oakland, California in 1975 and raised on the "Island City" of Alameda, California. In 1993, he moved to Santa Barbara, California where he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Art Studio in 1998, with emphases in video and print. Throughout his work, Joshua continually explores the creation and degradation of communication systems as well as the relationship between technology and power as manifested in terms of technophilia and technophobia.

Larnie Fox is the Director of the Children's Art Program for the City of Palo Alto, and the former Director of the Children's Art Program at the Community School of Music and Art, where he also taught. A co-founder of, and past instructor for the Youth Arts Academy, and Project Coordinator for the Utah Arts Festival Children's Art Yard, Mr. Fox also taught at Weber State College, the University of Utah, and the Community University in Bozeman, Montana. He holds an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah, and a B.A. in Painting and Drawing from Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania. He is a founding member of Art Bias and Art Club, two Fluxus-influenced performance groups. He is known for low-tech sound performances and temporary monumental bamboo sculptures.

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