MCLA Gallery 51 exhibiting artists to perform for MCLA Presents!


NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - On exhibit at MCLA Gallery 51 through March 21, "The Amazing Acoustaphotophonogrammitron" showcases the work of those who blend visual and performance art by combining their artwork with music. On Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the gallery, MCLA Presents! will offer an evening of performances by some of the exhibiting artists, including Paul de Jong of The Books, Tristan Perich, Lesley Flanigan and Ven Voisey.

"This show is about overlap and influence of the different senses," said Voisey, the gallery's manager and curator of the exhibition and the Feb. 25 performance. "Included are artists whose processes seamlessly move through mediums and whose works are simultaneously audio and visual instruments."

A cellist and electronic musician, de Jong is a member of the critically and internationally acclaimed duo, The Books. For this MCLA Presents! event, he will present a selection of solo works for cello.

With her handmade, wooden speaker instruments - which are part of the exhibition -  Flanigan sculpts electronic music by hand, using sounds that originate entirely from the acoustics of live feedback and voice. Through choreographed layering of sound, her melodies emerge to reflect interrelations between noise, amplification, speakers and the human voice.

Perich's compositions have been performed by ensembles including Bang on a Can, Calder Quartet, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Due East, Y Trio and Ensemble Pamplemousse at venues including the Whitney Museum, P.S.1 and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). His recent activities include electro-acoustic pieces for 1-Bit Music with instrumental accompaniment. His 1-Bit Symphony is on exhibition at MCLA Gallery 51.

Also included in the MCLA Presents! lineup will be Voisey's "Cabinets," a one-man-band which combines elements of folk, electronic minimalism and musique concrete.

According to Jonathan Secor, MCLA director of special programs, "It is extraordinarily interesting to be able to show that, more and more, we move into a world where things are not clear-cut. Dance is not dance. Music is not music. Art is not art. Things blend and mold. To be able to see that and hear that in the current exhibition is really, really interesting."

The Amazing Acoustaphotophonagrammitron features the work of local and national artists. In addition to de Jong, Perich, Flanigan and Voisey, exhibiting artists include Christy Georg  and Mark Mulherrin of Massachusetts, Ed Osborn of Rhode Island and The Books member Nick Zammuto of Vermont.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for MCLA alumni and $5 for MCLA faculty and staff. Tickets for members and MCLA students are free. For tickets, call 413-662-5204. For general information, call 413-664-8718 or go to presents .

"Acoustaphotophonogrammitron: Music = Art" will remain on display through March 21. MCLA Gallery 51, at 51 Main Street in North Adams, is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information, 413-664-8718.  MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.