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On October 6, the exhibit transforms in to a live performance in the Gualala Arts Center Theatre with music, video, and digital prints with Henry Kaiser and Hank Putek. Opening reception 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with the performance starting at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $5 more day of the show.
Bralove explains further, "In collaboration with Hank Putek, I came up with a system that allows me to map still pictures and video to the actual keys of the keyboard. When you play a specific note, a specific piece of video is triggered. This solved the problem of how to play images, but left the problem of what to play. And so began my process of creating images. At first this was all done inside the computer, but I began to have ideas about line, texture and color which seemed easier to execute by hand, and so I began to draw and paint the images that were in my head. My relationship to the process grew to the point where I was motivated to paint on canvas, and that process continues to today."
With the psychedelics influencing his "freedom of expression," Bralove explains, that he "began experimenting with various media (including live performance with video, acrylics, oils, drawing)." He found the combination of "acrylics and ink to be fruitful for him." The paintings in the Gualala show will "explore characters in relationship to each other (acrylic), as well as the multitude of characters, both human and non-human, from our past and present who help make up who we are (ink). The acrylic defines the composition while the inks show the Keith Haring inside us all."
Eventually they found the medium of plaster-impregnated gauze as something that would have the strength to build the sizeable structures they wanted to build, be paintable, and flexible enough in its wet state to allow them to create the facial features for the heads. Bralove comments that "One can clearly see the influences of Mardi Gras floats and Mexican Day of the Dead masks in the execution of these fantasy characters. Each of us brought different ideas to each of the characters, creating heads which are both familiar and surprising to both of us."
The video installation uses the technique he calls digital finger-painting. Using a computer, Bralove maps the drawings to the individual notes of his keyboard. Bralove plays a key that corresponds to an image which is then displayed on a video screen. Bralove will be creating audience participation by allowing them to "buy a drawing off the wall framed and ready to display at home. To encourage this I am pricing the drawings at $20 including the frame. If this works there will be a constantly shifting context of drawings that the video will live in."
The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.