new year's eve was Museum of Contemporary Art day in Chicago for mindy and i. the skies were clear and the air was cold.sonic arboretum at the MCA today, greeted by phonograph horns rising like trees from the landscape. then softly the sound came into focus, overcoming the ambient crowd noise. soft violins and tonal rhythms bouncing through the hallways. spinning double horns created a sound moving like cars passing. i sat and listened to the sounds from a corner, drawing the installation in my sketchbook. mindy walked through the forest investigating the shapes and recording portions of the music on her phone. the installation gave a wonderfully warm feeling in the cold chicago winter. from the color of the sculpture to the depth of the layered sounds.
after being welcomed by bird and schneller, we walked through a forgettable the language of less (then & now) minimalist show. then moved on to look at memorandums of the work of gordon matta-clark's chicago exhibit from the 70's where he sawed through the interior of an abandoned building. this was an interesting and intimate look at this exhibit through its letters, pictures, and accounts.
on the 3rd floor we saw the first solo museum exhibit by Scott Reeder. He did 2 large paintings with stenciled rhythms of cooked and raw spaghetti. there was a video showing the completion of the raw spaghetti painting on the floor of the MCA. the simple techniques created deeply layered textures with a only 2 layers of paint. His word-play lists of things from "new kinds of music" to "LOL alternatives" were cheeky and fun. his paintings contained the same kind of humor, only in pastel tones. his work was quite fun to go through and mindy and i found ourselves laughing at much of the word-play he used throughout the exhibition.
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