VOLUMES is an immersive audio-visual installation by contemporary artist Ezra Masch. The piece uses live sound from a drum set to activate lights in a site-specific 3-dimensional grid. Velocity and pitch will determine the amount of light that fills the Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. The piece translates sound into a visual language and gives percussionists the opportunity to improvise and compose with light and space. The exhibition will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., where nearly 60 participating drummers will give live performances. While many performers are from the Sarasota region, several are traveling from around the country to participate, and range in age from 12 to 82 years old. As part of this installation, The Ringling is also presenting four special evening performances highlighting influential and versatile percussionists selected by Masch himself.
Contact microphones will be wired from a basic drum set to custom mixers that will divide the audio into multiple ranges of volume. Dimensions of height, length, and width will then be used to map coordinates of tone and amplitude within the grid of lights. Essentially Masch has created a symbiotic relationship between light and sound, one cannot see the piece unless they can hear it and vice versa. With over sixty percussionists scheduled to play VOLUMES, these musicians will be able to experiment with the visual patterns and forms generated in the lights as they perform. Volume and pitch will determine the number of lights that flicker, so each drummer will have to play the light as much as they play the physical drum set.
VOLUMES intertwines light, sound, and space in such a way that they become inseparable to anyone who experiences it. Consequently it combines auditory and visual signals so precisely that the audience will eventually begin to see sound. Only the drummer can control the intensity of what the audience experiences by what he or she decides to play. The musician is in control and the space is essentially sculpted live before you by the percussionist.
Ezra Masch (b.1982) is a sculptor, musician, and interdisciplinary artist from Philadelphia. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at The Mattress Factory Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), The Icebox Project Space (Philadelphia), The Philadelphia Museum of Art, TSA NY, Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia), MASS Gallery (Austin, TX), and Galleria L’Acquario (Rome, Italy). He has a BFA in Sculpture from The Rhode Island School of Design (2004) and an MFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas, Austin (2012). He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011.
As a part of this special installation, The Ringling is presenting four special performances in the Exhibition space, highlighting influential and versatile percussionists. Learn more about these performances
Booker High School Students TBA
Laura Simpson Lindauer
Exhibition Finale Sept 9 @ 4:30 PM played by Rich Stitzel
Support for this performance exhibition has generously been provided, in part, by the Brunckhorst Endowment and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation.
Art of Our Time is supported by Gulf Coast Community Foundation.