Eli Keszler - Blue Skies
14/04/2018 - 07/07/2018
Fuse Art Space is extremely proud to announce a new solo exhibition, titled 'Blue Skies', by artist, composer and percussionist Eli Keszler.
Produced during the second week of April 2018, this site-specific installation explores the interface between the sonic and the architectural, through sustained interaction with the infrastructure and contents of the gallery. Redrawing the lines between sound, performance and space, Keszler’s evolving body of work with resonant objects, visual art and music has earned widespread recognition, positioning him as a singular performer and important creative voice within a vital strand of contemporary art. To mark the opening, which is also Keszler’s first major UK exhibition outside of London, the work will be previewed at a free event at 7.30pm on Saturday 14th April. Following this the exhibition will be open to the public from 12 to 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday, throughout Spring/early-Summer 2018.
While the integrity of architectural space significantly frames Keszler’s work, Blue Skies imports a variety of images, sounds, and objects captured beyond the gallery. This includes images and films shot in Tokyo, Osaka, Washington DC, Knoxville, New York, and the French Pyrenees; corroded sheet metal obtained from a Bradford scrap yard; and an iron grate that was thrown through one of the windows at Fuse during a late night robbery in 2014. In re-territorializing these objects within the gallery space, Keszler demonstrates an ambivalence towards traditional representative practices. Sound and image become dislocated, physically contorted, synchronized and desynchronized. As they are reconfigured by materials and architecture, Blue Skies provokes reflection upon what marks the sonic and the visual as distinct, and what holds them together. Keszler underscores this using sounds played at fast and slow rates, overlayed and resampled, creating a fragmented and dissociative experience.
Eli Keszler’s installations, music and visual work have appeared at prestigious venues including the Lincoln Center, MIT List Center, 67 Ludlow, The V&A, Sculpture Center, The Kitchen, South London Gallery, Hessel Museum, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Luma-Foundation, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Barbican/St. Luke’s, Walker Art Museum, LAX Art, and Greater New York at MoMa PS1. The New York-based artist's work has been featured in Frieze, Bomb Magazine, The New York Times, Wire Magazine, The Washington Post, Gramophone, Modern Drummer and Modern Painters among others. He has released solo records for Empty Editions, Esp-Disk, PAN and REL records. As a composer Keszler has received commissions from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, ICE Ensemble, Brooklyn String Orchestra and So Percussion. Keszler is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and was a 2016 New York Foundations for the Arts fellow.
This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England.
Thanks to Bradford Waste Traders for material support.