Rattle & Hummmm is about tempo, repetitive actions, and tension. Artists Nancy Baker, Steven Charles, Matt Frieburghaus, and Chris Kaczmarek create post-punk, process-driven visualizations that are equal parts hand and machine-made. Like Ska music, these works of art are joyful on the surface, but the undercurrents contain subtle references to violence, economic meltdowns, and climate change.
Nancy Baker creates paper constructions by combining digitally printed, hand and laser cut geometric forms loosely based on machine parts. Over time, the hardware imagery has evolved into an obsessive, jewel-laden structure, that some have described as a "furious, crazy lace". Incorporated into these paper and Mylar sections is glitter, paint, modeling paste, gold leaf, and printed commercial matter. The tension of repetitive forms and loosely fabricated passages that intersect create a dynamic path of subtle color and shape change, much like the natural world, especially in rock formations and precious gems.
Paper has the most remarkable ability to be transformed radically without extensive equipment or expense, into an astonishing variety of forms and shapes. It is a humble material; it begins as the blankest of slates, allowing me to mold it, cut it, layer it, paint and spray it, rip it apart and start all over again. It is ephemeral; seemingly impermanent, but paper objects can be constructed with great strength. The way in which it accepts color pigment, in all its glorious saturation is unrivaled.
Nancy Baker was born in Brooklyn NY, and received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, such as Mark Moore Gallery, LA, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Winkleman Gallery, NYC, Jancar Gallery LA, Pavel Zoubok, NY, SECCA, Winston Salem, Fundacion Casa De Mateus, Vila Real Portugal, and Maisel Museum of Judaica, Israel. She has received a Southern Fellowship award funded by the NEA. a state artist fellowship in Tennessee, and two state artist fellowship awards in North Carolina.
She is currently working on a major metal commission for two train stations in New York on the New Lots Line for MTA Arts and Design. She has completed commissions for the North Carolina Museum of Art for their Art in Park program. Her work is in many private and public collections, such as The North Carolina Museum of Art, Herman Miller, NY, The International Collage Center, and the US Embassy in Kiev.
Steven Charles’ recent paintings are the sponges they've always been. The artist moved to NYC in 1996 to see, in person, that which he had studied from a distance : art and artists. Seeing these people and things in person allowed me to turn around and look at the trees and grass, again. These paintings are the result of looking, drawing and living the success of failure and all it's rewards.
Steven Charles (b. in 1967 in Birkenhead, England) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas in 1994 and his Master of Fine Arts degree at Temple University in Rome, Italy in 1996.
Charles has had numerous solo exhibitions including “Things that Fell Out of my Pocket,” Associated Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; “Brooklyn Museum’s GO,” Brooklyn, NY; “Ocean Size,” NOWhere Limited, New York, NY; “New Paintings: I do not know what my life to do with,” Stux Gallery, New York, NY; “The Upstairs Room” and “Steven Charles: Thirteen Monsters for Lightning Bolt” at Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY; and “my life is perfect and I’m always happy,” “crclgogobaroanst,” and “nowhere fast” at Pierogi 2000 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Group exhibitions include “Residue,” Kensington, MD; “Store Front Bushwick,” Brooklyn, NY; “Piping Down the Valleys Wild,” Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY; “There Are No Giants Upstairs,” Theodore Art, Brooklyn, NY; “USA, Hoy-Pintura y Escultura,” Galeria Marlborough, Madrid, Spain; “Open House: Working in Brooklyn,” Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; “Prima Facia, New Abstract Painting,” Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; and “Hungry Eyes,” Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Charles is the recipient of multiple awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artists’ Fellowship and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.
Steven Charles lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
He is represented by AmeringerlMcEnerylYohe Gallery, NYC.
Matt Frieburghaus creates sound, video, and print, using processes that manipulate recorded media. Location is a focus for gathering media and he is interested in recording newly discovered places or short events that force him to be alert and present. Midnights is a series of color bars that represent the dominant colors of a landscape as seen over many nights in northern Iceland. The slowly shifting color palette shows the changing perception of light as recorded and perceived at or around midnight from a single position. Rock, sea, distant mountains, and sky make up the four-color bar composition.
His work has exhibited at festivals, galleries, and museums including ArtsWestchester, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, Everson Museum of Art, Festival Miden, Field Projects, FILE, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Matteawan Gallery, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, ODETTA, Simultan Festival, and Verge Art NYC. He has exhibited at university galleries including Foster Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Hartell Gallery at Cornell University, Lowe Art Gallery at Syracuse University, and Work • Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. Matt’s latest body of work is a response to Iceland where he spent a month long residency roaming the landscape recording video and sound.
Frieburghaus participated in the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. He is Associate Professor of Digital Media at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Simplicity, availability, and a minimalistic elegance are the hallmarks of solar power and of the Solar Symphony. Being powered by light energy, Solar Symphony reflects these values in both form and style. Combining science, math and music with obsessive craft and a playfully unexpected palate of materials, Solar Symphony creates new relationships with solar power through aesthetic experience.
Each solar powered sound object created for this installation has a different visual character and method of producing sound from simple oscillators chirping like digital birds or a line of eggshells tapping together, to the ring of a long recycled copper tube struck by a solar powered actuator, or the buzz of a piece of paper as it is gently vibrating. Through this work the viewer is able to both visually experience and audibly hear the presence of the energy in the space. Each circuit independently translates ambient illumination into audible indicators at a variable rate. Dictated by the natural and artificial light available in the physical space, the individual solar sound generating objects create an arrhythmic symphony of audible light energy.
Chris Kaczmarek is a New York based artist whose work spans both experimental and traditional sculptural practices, including installation, performance, video, built circuits and solar-powered objects. His work is often interactive and designed to guide the viewer towards a deeper contemplation about technology and the inhabited environment. Other works include sound scores and set design for the stage, and hand made electronic instruments.
His work has been exhibited at national and international galleries and festivals such as Art Souterrain in Montreal, Canada; the Trinity College Science Gallery, Dublin Ireland; the New York Hall of Science, Queens NY; Real Art Ways, Hartford CT; the Henry Street Abrons Art Center, New York NY; the Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield OH; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH; and the Page-Walker Arts Center, Cary NC. Additionally he has received several grants, awards, and fellowships, including two New York State Council on the Arts grants, and served as a Fellowship artist for ArtsWestchester in Westchester county NY.
Chris Kaczmarek received an MFA in Visual Art and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism from Purchase College SUNY where he is currently the Director of Instructional Support for the School of the Arts and an adjunct professor in the School of Art+Design.