John Davis, Gabie Strong+Christopher Reid Martin, Kevin Corcoran+Cherlyn Hsing-hsin Liu

Human Resources
410 Cottage Home St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

12 SYMBOLS, composed by Chris Duncan, is an immersive sound performance and exhibition that metaphorically implicates the energy and patterns of the sun, moon, and the phenomenon of the eclipse to ponder our relationship to the passing of time.

Cymbals become symbols as 12 percussionists engage light, movement, and sound. The physical stage set by the initial performance of 12 SYMBOLS moves through phases throughout the course of the exhibition, welcoming a host of artists from Northern and Southern California alike in a series of performances.

The exhibition and performances are dedicated to the loving memory of Paul Clipson, a light and love gone too soon.

About the Artists

Kevin Corcoran works with an open interest in sound as medium as it moves through contexts of art, music, ecology, and communication in performance and fixed media pieces. As a percussionist he is most interested in techniques which extend the sonic possibilities of the instrument emphasizing textural sound, friction, sympathetic vibration, sustained tones and the use of found objects. He works also with environmental recordings, both observing and interacting with sites, and electronic sound through feedback systems, computer software and cassette tapes. Based in San Francisco, he has performed improvised and composed work throughout the US, Europe, Japan and Taiwan and collaborates with artists working in multiple fields.

Born in Taiwan, Cherlyn Hsing-hsin Liu is a multimedia artist, filmmaker and writer. Exploring media languages and experimenting with materials and techniques, her works are attempts to transcribe life events, spiritual experiences, and self-reflection. Cherlyn is an MFA student in the School of Film/Video at CalArts. Previous works: poetry-photography “日裸” (Day Naked) was published in 2013; films “close-ups” (2014), “Matryoshka” (2015) and “How Old Are You? How Old Were You?” (2017) have been screened at film festivals in the US, Canada, Finland, Taiwan and others.

Expanding the relationship between moving image and sound through live performance and studio-based projects, John Davis’s work elicits sensory response through familiar and unexpected uses of traditional media. Often in collaboration for live performance, John alternates between showing his films and performing music, encouraging improvisation, spontaneity and chance to guide the work.

John has performed and exhibited in the US and internationally, most recently at The Grey Area Foundation, The Lab, San Francisco Cinematheque, ATA, Shapeshifters Cinema, The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, The Mono No Aware Festival, Antimatter Media Art Festival, Dushanbe Art Ground, Festival Images Contre Nature, The Optica Festival, Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques, The Swedenborg Film Festival, The Alchemy Film And Moving Image Festival, Transmediale, Impakt and Videoex.

Gabie Strong is a California artist and musician exploring spatial constructions of degeneration, drone and decay as a means to improvise new arrangements of self-reflexive meaning. Strong uses sound performance, radio broadcasting, environmental installation, photography and video as a mediums for experimentation. Current themes in her work address the use of ritual acts and fetish collecting to expose constructions of feminine being.In 2016 Strong launched the Crystalline Morphologies music label to release work referencing the mineralogical process of crystal growth – the process by which organic materials take shape under the influence of environment and time. As a musical concept, it speaks to the self-reflexive dialectic formed between structured composition and improvisational acts as they unfold over time. Strong hosts the experimental music program “Crystalline Morphologies” on Kchung Radio every Thursday night from 7-8pm pacific time. Her work has been presented at The UCLA Hammer Museum, Sierra Nevada College, Current LA: KPARK, MOCA, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Knowledges at Mount Wilson Observatory, Pitzer Art Galleries, University Art Gallery UC Irvine, LAXArt, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Human Resources, SASSAS, LACE, High Desert Test Sites, LACMA, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, and Jabberjaw. In 2010 Strong founded the all-female free-psych group Lady Noise, concluding with a series of durational performances for Dawn Kasper’s installation in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Currently she is performing improvised, free-noise music under her own name on the Crystalline Morphologies label.

Christopher Reid Martin came to birth the solo project known as of Shelter Death, as it has evolved into a project in which performance and sound interplay to make for a personal reactionary experience in a perpetually decaying world.

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