FraenkelLAB is pleased to present the multi-faceted exhibition Chris Kallmyer: Listening is a Luxury from May 18 – June 17, 2017. Chris Kallmyer is a sound artist, curator, and performer whose work explores a participatory approach to making music. Listening is a Luxury will bring together objects, performance, and a book of musical scores through which the artist questions the accessibility of listening and how the ear can be enlivened through real and imagined sound.
The exhibition will feature Kallmyer’s project Commonfield Clay, in which soil was made into sound. Through a residency at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, Kallmyer created ceramic chimes from clay collected from the banks of the Mississippi River. At FraenkelLAB, the earthenware instruments in Commonfield Clay will be activated with performances by Kallmyer and a number of Bay Area artists during the opening reception on May 18 and on Friday evenings from May 26 through June 16.
For Listening is a Luxury, Kallmyer also will debut All Possible Music, an oversized book of musical scores reflecting different conceptualizations of what music could be—including music that could never happen. The book, created through a process similar to exquisite corpse drawings, aims to conceive of music in an expansive context, including the following scores:
FraenkelLAB, opened in April 2016 and spearheaded by Frish Brandt and Jeffrey Fraenkel, is Fraenkel Gallery’s venue for adventurous artwork from any era and in any medium. Follow @fraenkelLAB on Instagram for the latest news about upcoming events.