Excavation 2019 Rasen

Excavation 2019 Rasen

Dates/Time: 08/10/19
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Space: Theaterlab | Theater

Category: Event

Live Painting by Naoki Iwakawa
Live Sound by Ikue Mori + David Watson
Live Projections by Jay Eckardt
Film by Koji Ohwada
Saturday, August 10th at 8pm
Tickets: $15 in advance 
HERE | $20 at the door

Rasen is a performance cycle inspired by the phenomenon of the spiral, a pattern found all throughout the natural world. For Rasen, a single canvas is painted multiple times, creating an art object with layers of hidden paintings beneath the surface. The contours of each previous layer have unexpected effects upon the next.

Rasen has changed texture, shape and colors across several painting sessions, both public and private. In between sessions, Naoki Iwakawa leaves the canvas outside for months at a time, allowing the natural elements to leave their unpredictable mark on the work. Iwakawa video records each session and projects those recordings during his live performances on the very same canvas while painting it live, as a way to show the audience the history behind the painting. In this performance at Theaterlab, Ikue Mori, composer and former drummer of the No Wave Band DNA, joins Iwakawa for a second time, creating the original soundscape guiding Iwakawa’s mesmerizing uninhibited painting.

Naoki Iwaka Biography

Naoki Iwakawa was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1967. Growing up, he became interested the New York art world after reading about it in magazines. He graduated from Osaka University of the Arts, where he also taught briefly as an assistant professor of Graphic Design.

At the age of 24 Iwakawa moved to New York City, where he began showing art at OK Harris and Noho Gallery in Manhattan. In 1996, Iwakawa co-founded the CAVE, an experimental art space that fostered an eclectic group of musicians, artists, and performers. At the CAVE, Iwakawa further developed his interest in live performance painting as well as the artistic use of fire, a practice that would later garner him the title of Village Voice’s Best Pyrotechnic Action Painter (2008). He learned to produce paintings instinctively, with an emphasis on acceptance of the natural world and the present moment. The idea of the moment, as sought by Zen Buddhists, has been the prominent theme of Iwakawa’s work and life.

Iwakawa is also drawn to the relationship between music and visual art. He collaborated for many years with Tim Wright, of the band DNA.  One of Iwakawa’s latest projects is Sense of Noise, a performance series featuring artists and musicians improvising together over a single yet constantly transforming idea.

Ikue Mori Biography
Ikue Mori moved from Tokyo to New York in 1977.  She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal NO WAVE band DNA with Arto Lindsay and Robyn Crutchfield and later with Tim Wright.  Since the 1990s she has collaborated with numerous musicians and artists throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music.  Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 1999 and shortly after started using laptop computer to expand her vocabulary not only playing sounds but create and control the visual work as well.  Currently working with visual live set and new group OBELISK, HIGHSMITH duo with Craig Taborn, improvising trio MEPHISTA and various ensembles of John Zorn.

David Watson Biography
David Watson is an experimental musician — a guitarist, bagpiper and advocate for intelligent listening. Originally from New Zealand, he has lived and worked in New York City since 1987.  In the early 90’s he added playing the Highland bagpipes, creating a new vocabulary for the instrument. Che Chen, writing for Other Music, described it as “long form tonal explorations that can be so otherworldly and engrossing that the slight wheeze of the windbag that comes at the end of each piece is a startling and oddly necessary reminder, that these sounds were created by human breath”.Watson founded and organizes the music performance series WoRK, exploring what “experimental” means today, and has presented over fifty concerts since 2015.