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Live in the Hyphen: An Interdisciplinary Experience

August 27, 2009

Composer-media-print artist Paul Rucker and video-performance artist Wynne Greenwood demonstrate their perspectives on creating visual art that tests media boundaries. Through a collection of recent work and new work created specifically for this exhibition, each artist demonstrates how they play with ideas of history, time and place using video, animation, printmaking, music, sculpture, painting, and interactive technology. Inspired by Cornish’s academic departments, Live in the Hyphen reflects how many artists work today, crisscrossing between art forms and becoming masters of multiple media.

In conjunction with INTERFACE, the interdisciplinary series on campus, Live in the Hyphen will feature weekly events for the participation of students, staff and faculty. All events are free and open to the public.

September 10 – October 16
Opening Reception: September 9, 5-8pm
Live In the Hyphen: An Interdisciplinary Experience
Curated by Cornish Exhibitions Curator Jess Van Nostrand

Cornish Main Gallery
1st Floor
1000 Lenora Street

More about the exhibition

Live in the Hyphen brings together, for the first time, the work of two established Northwest artists who create between mediums. The exhibition demonstrates the depth and complexity of each of their artistic efforts while offering insight into how and where the disciplines intersect. Print-performance-music, video-interactive technology-music, these are some of the ways in which their work “lives” in hyphens.

An important element of Live in the Hyphen is the weekly events series, taking place in and near the gallery throughout the duration of the show. These events, which feature a variety of student, alumni and professional artist’s projects, provide the “live” (as in “alive”) component of the exhibition theme. The events are free and open to the public.

September 9, 5 – 8 pm

Performance: “This Used to be About Love”
In this preliminary exploration of the “love” concept, Michael Rioux (Art ‘09) will juxtapose performance and visual art by tracing his own shadow on a wall for a set 30 minute period- an infinite, futile task that represents the artist’s innate drive to create.
Alumni Gallery

September 18, 12 – 1 pm

Live performance by Paul Rucker, cello, and Cornish faculty, Hans Teuber, alto sax, based on Rucker’s interchangeable musical score “puzzle pieces” – requires audience participation.  Main Gallery

September 25, 10 – 11:30 am

collection – completion
questions – answers
courage – command
Art Foundations students take to the streets as adventures, fieldworkers, collectors and aggregators. Their accumulated findings and experiences will result in collaborative works that live between research, action, and performance. The final works will be presented. Main Gallery

September 25, 12 – 1 pm

Panel Discussion: Moving Pictures
Presented jointly with TheFilmSchool, director John Jacobsen, actor Tom Skerritt, and screenwriter Lisa Halpern (Theater ‘87), will discuss the power of cinema to tell stories using the resources of multiple disciplines: visual, verbal, performative. Main Gallery

Friday, October 16, 12-1pm

Wynne Greenwood: Mirrors in Shaky Hands
The artist talks about identity as it appears throughout her work. Main Gallery

More about the artists

Wynne Greenwood is a lesbian feminist artist working with video, performance, music, sculpture and installation.  She received her MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College. In 2009, Greenwood was a visiting faculty at Seattle University, teaching “Video, Performance and Identity.” Selected performances and exhibitions include Reena Spaulings Fine Art, NYC (2005), Whitney Biennial (2004), The Kitchen, NYC (2005), Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, LA (2006, 2008), Tate Modern (2007), d.i.y. art spaces and nightclubs (2001-present). She lives and works in Seattle, WA.

Paul Rucker is an award-winning cellist-bassist-composer who produces jazz albums under his Jackson Street Records label. Rucker frequently experiments with interactive sculptures that incorporate musical elements and using printmaking techniques to create new types of musical scores. In 2007, Rucker was invited by legendary filmmaker David Lynch to perform for the opening of Lynch’s film, Inland Empire; and in 2009, he completed a permanent site-specific audio installation for the Museum of Flight in Tacoma, Washington.

For additional information, to request images, or set up an exhibition preview, please contact Meike Kaan or Beth Fleenor.