Saturday, December 20, 2008


OKOK Gallery Presents MOVEMENTS

Site-specific sound installation by
Ethan Rose

December 13th through January 3rd

OKOK Gallery is proud to present Movements a site-specific sound installation by Portland, Oregon artist Ethan Rose. The installation will consist of over one hundred manipulated music boxes powered by electric motors.

Rose’s interest in antiquated automated instruments can be traced back to miniature & the sea, a work he wrote and recorded in 2003. The sonic foundation of the composition was sourced from the recordings of music boxes, repurposed through physical and digital means. Outdated acoustic instruments remain a consistent element of Rose’s practice. Rose acts as an interventionist, rejecting musical preservation in favor of new sonic possibilities.

With Movements Rose’s characteristic use of digital manipulation is absent which he describes as “exposing my process.” The artist altered and reduced the melody of each music box by selectively bending back tines. The manufactured machines become individualized through human influence. The altered motorized music boxes are grouped in sections throughout the gallery, each section connected to a timer intermittently activating portions of the piece, constantly shifting the sonic parameters of the gallery. Movements is Rose’s first solo exhibition in Seattle.

About the Artist:

Over the past ten years Ethan Rose has released recordings, scored films, performed internationally, created sound installations, and worked with a variety of collaborators. His music was recently included in Gus Van Sant’s acclaimed feature length film Paranoid Park. Recent exhibitions include Player Piano at Tilt Gallery, Portland, OR. Upcoming projects include the release of his forthcoming album Oaks, a recording comprised entirely of manipulated recordings of a 1920’s theater organ originally used to accompany silent films, located in Oaks Park Roller Rink in Portland, OR.

In January Rose will travel to Anchorage, Alaska to participate in the FREEZE Project, where he will collaborate on an installation with Molo Design.

OKOK Gallery
5107 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107

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