Thursday, February 21, 2013

One night only: Experience art, music installations on Friday at UAB Visual Arts Gallery

Art and music fans will have a unique opportunity to experience an ephemeral event Friday, Feb. 22, at UAB’s Visual Arts Gallery.

The gallery will host a free closing reception for the exhibition “A Letter Edged in Black,” by artist Pete Schulte, with a live sound installation by Andrew Raffo Dewar, soprano sax, and Brad Davis, electronics. Schulte’s installation starkly changes the gallery’s everyday look, with darkly painted walls, window treatment, drawings and a sculpture.The musicians will improvise as a response to the gallery space and art works, Schulte said.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” said Schulte, assistant professor of art at the University of Alabama. “These two musicians are incredible composers, artists and improvisers. This experimental sound piece will be integrated into the exhibition.” Dewar is assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Arts in New College and the School of Music at UA.

The idea for the exhibition evolved out of Schulte experiences traveling in Italy, where he met up with Dewar in Venice. The textures, tonalities and surfaces found on the city walls and chapels are a direct influence on the show, Schulte said. Many of the works respond in mood to that country's distant past, while remaining firmly rooted in the here and now.

“Eventually, I started telling Andrew about the ideas I had for the installation and we decided we wanted the nature of the collaboration to be integrated and unexpected – an immersive, full-body experience between the space, art, audience and sound."

The closing reception is 5-9 p.m. at the Visual Arts Gallery, 900 13th St. South. The show will hang through Saturday. Admission to the gallery is always free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; the gallery, which is part of the UAB Department of Art and Art History, is closed on Sunday and holidays. Call 205-934-0815.

“A Letter Edged in Black” is part of a series of exhibitions that have been uniquely realized and conditioned by the sites and circumstances in which they are shown, said John Fields, interim director of the gallery.

About the blogger: Shannon Thomason,, is a media specialist in the UAB Office of Media Relations. Her beat covers the arts and events at UAB.  

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