My brilliant life partner Blair used to work for D.C. Arts Center, a nonprofit gallery and black box theater in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. In the past I’ve participated in fundraisers and other events at DCAC. In my latest piece to appear there, I basically nailed a MiniDisc recorder to a wall and invited people to sing their favorite songs into it. The Washington Post’s Mark Jenkins was kind enough to mention my piece as one of the few non-visual works:
The artists choose their own spaces, so intriguing juxtapositions — among Joe Nemeth’s bird paintings, Philip Yabut’s bird photos and Kara Davis’s birdhouses, for example — are the result of happenstance or collusion among artists. Political iconography abounds — President Obama, Lenin and three presidents who have their portraits on U.S. bills appear — but the commentary isn’t pointed. Conceptualism is rare, although A.C. Valdez invites visitors to sing their favorite tunes into a vintage MiniDisc recorder, and Davis tweaks expectations by slapping a $92,000 price tag on a birdhouse titled “Wow — What a Deal!”
Click here to read the entire piece about Wall Mountables.
I’ll be collecting the songs (hopefully) recorded on this MiniDisc and putting them together for people to listen to at a show of some sort in the future. More soon!