Art Center Sarasota launches its 2013-14 season with Craig Colorusso’s innovative installations of sound and light. “CUBEMUSIC” will create a sense of sacred space inside the gallery. “Sun Boxes” will fill sites around Sarasota with a solar symphony.
(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota launches its new season on November 7, 2013, with two site-specific installations created by Craig Colorusso, a musician and installation artist who explores the intersection of sound, light, and space. Colorusso’s “CUBEMUSIC” consists of six, four-foot metal cubes that emanate light and music. This exhibition will be accompanied by the artist’s, “Sun Boxes,” solar-powered sound installations that will be placed at sites around Sarasota. The artist will place his outdoor installations, November 4-7, 2013, and January 1-3, 2014, with times and locations to be announced. A reception with the artist is November 7, 5-7 p.m.; the exhibition continues through January 3, 2014. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit www. artsarasota.org.
“Craig Colorusso’s interactive installations of sound and light as an art medium are helping to further expand what we perceive as art,” says Lisa Berger, executive director of Art Center Sarasota. “We’re pleased to be able to open our season with this unique experience never before presented in Sarasota”
Born in 1970, Colorusso grew up with the punk rock movement of the 1980s, and soon began writing and performing music of his own. In the 1990s, he toured with bands and launched his own record company. During this time, he continuously expanded his musical ability, but also questioned the nature of traditional musical performance itself. Eventually, Colorusso made the leap from “performing musician” to “installation artist.” At first, he created light sculpture to accompany his compositions. Ultimately, light and music became one. The artist created a series of sound installations that broke down barriers between performer and audience. Art Center Sarasota will be showcasing two of these pieces.
Colorusso’s “CUBEMUSIC” is comprised of six, four-foot aluminum cubes that emanate light and music. Each cube is perforated with geometric shapes. Light in varying direction and intensity projecting from inside the cubes creates a constantly changing pattern on the surrounding walls.
“In effect, Colorusso’s installation will turn Art Center Sarasota into a vast magic lantern,” says Berger. “But it’s a magic lantern with a beat. Each cube also emits a different four-note chord in an ever-shifting volume. All six cubes playing together weave a tapestry of sound, evoking at times an organ, at other times a choir. ‘CUBEMUSIC’ immerses the listener in a dance of sound and light—and creates a sense of sacred space.”
Colorusso traces the inspiration for this installation to his experience of watching a beam of sunlight move across a room. “As soon as you get a handle on what you’re seeing, it changes,” he says. “I started to wonder: ‘Did I see what I saw? Did it really happen?’ The edge of recognition is a powerful place. I created CUBEMUSIC to bring others there with me.”
If Colorusso’s “CUBEMUSIC” transforms interior space, the artist’s “Sun Boxes” will do the same for the great outdoors. Essentially, this installation turns sunshine into music; the box on each speaker plays a digitally recorded guitar chord when its solar panel is exposed to daylight. To create Sarasota’s solar symphony, the artist will place 20 solar-powered speaker boxes in sites around town, inviting viewers to experience an ever-changing environment of space, sound and light. Berger explains that Art Center Sarasota is partnering with the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County to make the exhibit happen.
“Serenely melodious, ‘Sun Boxes’ invites viewers to linger and enjoy the peace they create,” says Berger. “This installation is also interactive. Because the ‘Sun Boxes’ only play in sunlight, a viewer can interrupt the music by blocking the solar panel, effectively changing the way the installation will sound.”
Colorusso’s “Sun Boxes” will tour Sarasota on two different occasions. The first tour will occur November 4-7, 2013, with appearances at the Palm Avenue garage, accompanied by a performance by Fuzion Dance Artists. Additional sites include public beaches and parks. The second tour will take place January 1-3, 2014, with stops at other parks and beaches. The artist will be onsite during each installation of his “Sun Boxes” to discuss his work. A full schedule of tours will be announced later.
Three other art shows will run concurrently with “CUBEMUSIC” from Nov. 7, 2013, through Jan. 3, 2014, at Art Center Sarasota. “Pulp Culture” is a group exhibition showcasing the many ways paper can be used to create art. “Miniatures” is a juried exhibition showcasing works smaller than 12″ x 12″. Art Center Sarasota’s “Instructor’s Exhibit,” features work by ACS class and workshop instructors.
For more information about Art Center Sarasota, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org.
About Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.
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