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C. Spencer Yeh
Lisa Rybovich Cralle
Lisa Rybovich Cralle
John Wiese and Spencer Yeh (duo), Bill Orcutt, and Pod Blotz will be filling the edges of the room and minds sonically and monumentally. Along with the sound performances, “Triad Towers”, a three person two day pop up show will be displayed with collage, paintings and large scale experimental poster art from artists Lisa Ryboyich, Suzy Poling and Wesley Weaver. The three artists will hang their two dimensional works from floor to ceiling like three monolithic towers. The pieces are raw, painted, silk screened, xeroxed assemblages covering ideas about abstraction, lore, myth, science fiction, ritual, narration and quotations from Vietnam stories. Works have been inspired by artists like Jasper Johns, Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitter’s Merzbau.
John Wiese (b. 1977) is an artist and composer from Los Angeles, California. His recorded sound works are a unique and personal development, with recent activities having a focus on installation and multi-channel diffusions, as well as scoring for large ensembles. He has toured extensively throughout the world, covering the US, UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. He is also a founding member of the concrète grindcore band Sissy Spacek.
“... everything Wiese has done right for the past decade: Collagist tendencies meet drone hyper-abilities, assaulting glitches and glissandos come buried between near silence and hair-raising volume, beauty refracted through sonic brutality …” - Pitchfork
“John Wiese has one of the most distinctive solo voices in noise music - his moment-to-moment compositional logic and unique deployment of stereo panning are unmistakable.” - The Wire
“Wiese’s sensitivity to timbre and his logic in sandwiching sounds are top notch; there’s a cleanliness and clarity in even the most decimated masses of half-digested static and the swirling tones that surround them. Wiese works in sound that, at times, is practically three-dimensional, and through stereo panning and architecture of sound, he’s capable of impressively immersive sonic environments, especially considering the hectic pace that much of his work has a tendency to take ... proves that noise isn’t purely the realm of the talentless hack with an ear for discord, and though it’s indiscernible in any truly tangible way, there’s certainly a method to Wiese’s madness, and an art to his crafting and arranging of sound.” - Fakejazz
C. Spencer Yeh
C. Spencer Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan, studied film at Northwestern University in Chicago IL, repped Cincinnati OH for many years, and is now based in Brooklyn NY. He is recognized for his musical project Burning Star Core, as well as many other individual and collaborative artistic activities. He has worked with artists such as Tony Conrad, Mika Tajima and New Humans, Thurston Moore, Okkyung Lee, Ben Hall and Don Dietrich (as The New Monuments), Amy Granat with Jutta Koether, Carlos Giffoni, John Wiese, Nate Wooley, Paul Flaherty and Chris Corsano, Nico Vascellari, Aaron Dilloway, Rafael Toral, Smegma, Prurient, and Jandek, and has performed at events such as SONAR, Densités, All Tomorrow's Parties, and Frieze Arts Fair. Yeh has also exhibited his visual and multimedia works at national and international venues including the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the New Museum in New York City, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and alt.gallery in Newcastle. In the video medium, Yeh has worked with artists such asHair Police, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, LoVid, Beast People, and Prurient. Recent and upcoming recordings include a duo LP with Jon Wesseltoft on 8mm, a 7" on DeStijl, the SYCH LP with Wally Shoup, Chris Corsano, and Bill Horist on Strange Attractors Audio House, a duo LP with Robert Piotrowicz on Bocian, a solo CD "1975" on Intransitive, and Nate Wooley's second installment of "The Seven Storey Mountain" on Important Records (in trio with Corsano).
"It’s as if Yeh wanted to bring us as close as possible to his own physiological experience of sound production." - Art in America
"...watching him play is like being hit with everything in the universe, on Robitussin." - Impose Magazine
"Though he’s an accomplished free improviser, Yeh doesn’t use the language of free jazz per se — instead he demonstrates an impressive ability to listen and adapt thatlets him retain his meditative sound in alien contexts." - Chicago Reader
"...one of the most reliably prickly artists in the genre." - Pitchfork
"Yeh (spews) forth nothingness like the good-boy-turned-bad from the anti-drugfilmstrips that stoners now laugh at with their glazed glee." - Tiny Mix Tapes
Image: John Wiese and C. Spencer Yeh by Sir Ladd Halsey
Best known as the guitarist of Miami noise-rockers Harry Pussy, Bill Orcutt was already a significant name in experimental noise circles when he released his solo debut. Long interested in cutting-edge art, Orcutt had a Master's in English and had made several experimental short films, one of which sold to MTV in 1990. He also played in several local punk bands, most notably the Trash Monkeys, before forming Harry Pussy in 1992 with his wife, drummer Adris Hoyos. They worked together for the next five years, releasing a series of uncompromising and confrontational recordings on small labels and gaining acclaim from the likes of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Sebadoh's Lou Barlow. Towards the tail end of Harry Pussy's existence in 1996, Orcutt completed his first solo recording, titled simply Solo CD. It was issued by the New York-based Audible Hiss label, and featured guest vocals from Hoyos as well as instrumental contributions from drummer Danny Arad and saxman Joe Cohen, among others.
Suzy Poling/ Pod Blotz
Suzy Poling is from Michigan, studied at Columbia College in Chicago and lives in Oakland, CA. She is a multi-dimensional visual artist working with photography, sound, film, collage, video, optics, light art, performance, silk screening, installation and sculpture. She exhibits her large scale photographs and also creates elaborate video and refractive light art experiments along with sound. Poling has performed experimental organ drones, electronics and tape manipulations under the moniker, Pod Blotz since 2002. Her visual work has been shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Chicago Cultural Center, Queen's Nails Projects, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Australian Center for Photography, Aperture Foundation and various galleries and art centers in Los Angeles and Chicago. She is represented by Zg Gallery and her artwork has appeared in Beautiful Decay Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Harper's Magazine, Chicago Tribune and multiple book compilations and album covers. Poling has lectured at the De Young Museum and the California College of Arts. She has ongoing collaborations with artists Kamau Amu Patton, Owleyes, Carlos Gonzales and Julia Solis from Ars Subterranea. Musically, Pod Blotz and has recorded or worked with Zaimph, Smegma, MV Carbon, Twig Harper, Blood Stereo, Inca Ore, David Scott Stone, Future Blondes, Chiara Giovando, Russian Tsarlag and Mick Goldwater. She has performed shows with Nautical Almanac, Mat Brinkman, Kites, Dolphins into the Future, Jaap Blonk, Daniel Higgs, Hair Stylistics, John Wiese, Black Dice, Metalux, Astro and Haters. She has performed all over the U.S. and at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival and Colour out of Space Fesitval in the U.K. She has releases on DNT, Taped Sounds and Chocolate Monk. And upcoming LP releases Nihilist and Scumbag Relations.
Artistically, Poling is concerned with phenomenon inside of and surrounding the earth, ecological evolution, the systemized order of space within the universe and comprehensions of entropy and the effects that these awareness have on the human psyche and human ritualism. Her work explores interferences between analog objects to digital media and electrical synthesis. Within all of Poling’s projects, there is a consideration for the subtle and overt flows of regeneration, whether it be through explorations of light refraction, video feedback, sonic resonances, chemical reactions with paint or film, decay, or documentation of natural volatile minerals and volcanic geothermal features. She experiments with color tones and grayscale to describe symbols and myth in regards to geometric systems in nature, optics, chemical reactions, disintegration of materials and the human condition.
Wesley Weaver is from South Eastern Kentucky, studied at the Art Institute Chicago and lives in Oakland, CA. He shared a two person show with Alivia Zivich back in Chicago during the end of their schooling and musicians Wolf Eyes played the event. Weaver has shown his work in New York City where he used to live, Los Angeles and in Chicago. He has remained fairly underground about his endeavors but has been making large scale paintings none stop for the past 10 years. This will be his first exhibition in San Francisco. His work contains layers of paint annihilation, knife fighting, hot dogs, psychotic tales, delicate birds and literary influences from writers like Harry Crews. Weaver is an avid book reader and collector.
Lisa Rybovich Cralle
Her work encompasses a kaleidoscope of shadows with myriad symbols and rituals of mythology reflected in personal forms that materialize from observation, meditation and dreams. The resulting sculptures, paintings, collages, video and other ephemera serve as a visual handshake where the everyday meets transcendence. Lisa received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004, after also studying at the New York Studio School and the San Francisco Art Institute. She is currently working towards her MFA at the University of California, Davis.