UCCS downtown gallery GOCA121 and Peak FreQuency host Charles Curtis

September 3, 2013
Daisy McConnell, (719) 255-3504, dmcconne@uccs.edu
Colin McAllister, (719) 255-5134, cmcallis@uccs.edu
Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu
Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis

Editor’s note: Note: Images available upon request

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art with UCCS Peak FreQuency Creative Arts Collective will host cellist Charles Curtis on at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at GOCA121 in the Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S. Tejon Street as part of the “Sonic Landscapes” concert series.

The concert and exhibit are free and open to the public. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Donations are accepted. Tickets are available by visiting: http://charlescurtisgoca.eventbrite.com/

“A Listener’s Music: Performative Listeners & the Performance of Listening” features a solo cello recital by Curtis, who is touted by ArtForum as “one of the great cellists.” The concert will be in GOCA 121 with a unique backdrop of the exhibit “Visual Environments: Pattie Lee Becker & Suchitra Mattai.” This collaboration between GOCA and the Peak Frequency Creative Arts Collective promotes an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary music, visual art, and live performance.

About the Concert

A crucial aspect of music which focuses on pure acoustics is the enhanced role assigned to listeners in the performance situation. Interactive in the most fundamental way, and sharing characteristics of the installation or gallery experience, this music is discoverable through a listener’s movement in space or close attention to the physical space of listening. Anchoring the concert will be the world premiere performance of Christian Wolff’s “One Cellist,” written for Curtis and commissioned by Peak FreQuency for this event. Additional repertoire will include fourteenth-century monophony of Machaut, early English and Italian viol music by Tobias Hume and Sylvestro Ganassi, and more recent work by Alvin Lucier, Éliane Radigue, Tashi Wada, Morton Feldman and Giacinto Scelsi,

About the Exhibit

Becker and Mattai are Denver-based artists translating their experiences of environments through painting, letterpress, drawing, and mixed-media – Becker from a microscopic scale and Mattai an industrial scale. While exhibiting distinct bodies of work for this exhibit, their use of pattern, line, color and a drive to explore and investigate both natural and built environments connects their work.

About the Artists

Charles Curtis was called “one of the great cellists” by ArtForum “as well as “spellbinding and minimal.” He has woven a unique career through the worlds of classical performance and musical experimentation. Curtis is an internationally acclaimed cellist of new and experimental music with a special emphasis on the interpretation of the post-John Cage American avant-garde. He has worked extensively with pioneers of new music La Monte Young, Alvin Lucier and Éliane Radigue in collaborations that straddle the boundaries between concert performance, installation and sound art. Curtis has commissioned and premiered works that re-define the cello, re-frame its basic acoustics, and place the fundamental physics of instrument and performance space in a new light. Curtis has led La Monte Young’s legendary Theatre of Eternal Music String Ensemble for more than two decades and he is a member of The Just Alap Raga Ensemble, the performance group of La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela. Alvin Lucier’s compositions dedicated to Curtis include works for solo cello and pre-recorded orchestra, cello and sine waves, and cello and piano. Eliane Radigue, a pioneer of tape music composition since the 1950’s, created her very first work for an acoustic instrument, “Naldjorlak,” specifically for Curtis. Fluxus artists Alison Knowles and Mieko Shiomi have also created original music for Curtis, including graphic and text-based scores.

Pattie Lee Becker is an artist and designer who focuses on pattern and color to narrate subconscious worlds. Through drawing, printmaking and sculpture, familiar and foreign forms arise in hauntingly playful relationships. Raised in the Midwest, Pattie Lee spent her childhood surrounded by prairie and open sky. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, she moved her studio to Brooklyn, N.Y., where she developed her practice for a decade before relocating to the Rocky Mountains. She holds a master’s in fine arts from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and has been awarded numerous residencies and fellowships.

Suchitra Mattai was born in Guyana, South America, and is of South Asian descent. Mattai received a master’s in fine arts in painting and drawing and a master’s in South Asian art from the University of Pennsylvania. She also studied at the Royal College of Art, London, and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Suchitra has exhibited her work nationally in solo and group shows in Denver, Philadelphia, New York, Minneapolis, and Austin.  Her work has also been included in the curated publication, New American Paintings, and the viewing program of The Drawing Center in New York City.

GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist & expert talks, and offering meaningful events, the galleries engage UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. GOCA features two galleries – one founded on the UCCS campus in 1982 and a satellite opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building.

The Peak FreQuency Creative Arts Collective serves as a platform for innovative, culturally diverse pursuits in music, as well as interdisciplinary practices and research in sonic arts and other fields. A resident organization of the music program of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts Department at UCCS, Peak Frequency presents thematically designed, carefully curated concerts as well as interactive residencies with guests drawn from the international music and arts scenes that reflect both faculty and student research, creative work and VAPA Music curriculum directions.

For more information, images and/or interview requests with GOCA Director Daisy McConnell please email dmcconne@uccs.edu or call (719)255-3504.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.