Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, a new center for contemporary art in LA’s Downtown Arts District, presents After 5, a series of free live music performances on Thursday nights, 5 – 9 pm.
Take advantage of extended Thursday opening hours at the gallery to explore the exhibition, ‘Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016,’ then meet friends in the central courtyard for an evening outdoors. Enjoy live bands and DJ sets, craft cocktails from the Spare Room Hollywood, savory Russian hand-pies from the Airstream kitchen of Pirozhki LA, and late shopping hours at D.A.P.‘s on-site bookstore ARTBOOK @ Hauser & Wirth.
Thursday 11 August: Robert Crouch and Greg Kowalsky with DJ sets by Pinkcourtesyphone
ROBERT CROUCH is an artist and curator whose work encompasses sound, performance, and technology. As an artist, he locates his work with the intersection of post-phenomenological listening practices, conceptual sound art, and contemporary electronic music. At its core, his work can be understood as a conversation between tonality, context, history and subjectivities. Similarly, Crouch’s curatorial work focuses on the overlapping disciplines of sound, technology, movement, and performance.
He is currently co-curating Juan Downey: Radiant Nature, a survey of early interactive and performance work of the late Chilean artist as part of the Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
Crouch is currently the Executive and Artistic Director for Pasadena Arts Council and the Artistic Director for the AxS Festival.
Crouch’s recent CD release, A Gradual Accumulation of Ideas Becomes Truth, was recently described by Brainwashed.com as “ephemeral synth arrangements [that] run the gamut from gentle to raw and significant ground in between,” and by Igoomag.com as, “endless expanses, Rothko-esque smears static/sliding, serene/uneasy…subject to quixotic shifts. A kind of calm, more stunned than blissed…”
Robert Crouch is published by Touch Music.
GREGG KOWALSKY has performed throughout Europe and the United States; participating in festivals such as WDR’s SoundArt-Köln Festival, Mexico City’s Aural Festival, and most recently the Substrata Festival in Seattle, where he performed a commissioned six-channel piece for grand piano and electronics. His recordings have released on Kranky, Thrill Jockey, Rootstrata and Important Records. He has composed for sound installations, film and acoustic ensembles.
After his debut album, ‘Through the Cardial Window’ (Kranky, 2006), Kowalsky began composing and performing electro-acoustic with a focus on multi channel, site-specific works with elements of psychoacoustic phenomena. He is most known for his Tape Chants series, which explores the acoustics where the performances occur by setting up cassette players around the space with tape loops tuned to sine waves using only the cassette players’ speakers for amplification.
Gregg currently resides in Los Angeles after a decade in Oakland, California where he completed a MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College under the tutelage of Fred Frith, Maggie Payne and Pauline Oliveros.
RICHARD CHARTIER is considered one of the key figures in the field of sound art described as “microsound” and Neo-Modernist. Chartier’s minimalist digital work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception and the act of listening itself.
His work as Pinkcourtesyphone is a more emotional, dare one say musical affair. Pinkcourtesyphone operates like a syrup-y dream and strives to be both elegant and detached. As Pinkcourtesyphone he has collaborated with the likes of Cosey Fanni Tutti, Kid Congo Powers, harpist Gwyneth Wentink, AGF, William Basinski, and Evelina Domnitch.
Chartier (often as Pinkcourtesyphone) began DJing in 1991. His sets can be an eclectic mix, ranging from mid-20th century analog-ica, to post punk synth oddities, to ambient soundscapes, to lounge-y reverberations, to contemporary electronica. Ponderous beats, melodies, and noise nonchalantly mixed into a flowing soundtrack for you, your cocktail, and your inner ear.
He currently hosts Procedure, a twice monthly happy hour audio parade at Melody Lounge In Chinatown, Los Angeles since March 2015.
Chartier’s sound works/installations have been presented in galleries and museums internationally and he has performed his work live across Europe, Japan, Australia, and North America. In 2000 he formed the recording label LINE exploring the aesthetics of contemporary and digital minimalism.
This event is free, but reservation is required. Click here to reserve a place.