They Gave Us Directions by Jay Kreimer and Wendy Weiss
Reception: Friday, May 6 from 5-8 p.m.
View in our West Gallery through June 24
Life takes place in the street in India with music, food, and celebrations unfolding in public spaces in surprising and unexpected ways. As long term residents, we were in search of one thing, as we asked for directions, we found another thing. This exhibition provides a sense of the competing energies on the street that vie for attention. A personal response to a life led in public, the exhibition will inhabit the gallery with photos, sculpture, pattern and sound not quite approaching harmony.
About the Artists
Jay Kreimer is a sound artist, inventor, video artist and educator. Kreimer has performed a range of music professionally since 1979. In the last ten years he has recorded and toured widely, both solo and with the ensembles Seeded Plain and The Mighty Vitamins, performing in Beijing, San Francisco, NYC, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, London, Dublin, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, etc. In these performances, Kreimer played instruments of his own invention. Kreimer performed in Copenhagen summer 2015 with collaborator Sharon Stewart. Much the past two years have been spent in India, first as a Senior Fulbright Fellow making a film on the wedding musicians who perform in the street, and more recently filming the crocodiles of the region and their human neighbors.
He performed his sound piece, When It’s Gone, at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, as part of the Mediate/Soundwave Water series, summer 2014. One of Kreimer’s instruments, Tallboy, was a finalist in the international Guthman Musical Instrument Invention Competition in 2011. His music has been released in the US, Portugal and Canada, and distributed and reviewed internationally. Kreimer has served as a member of the Deep Listening national advisory board since 2010.
He has provided sound, video, photographic and sculptural elements for installations made in collaboration with the textile artist Wendy Weiss. These works have been shown in galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Beijing and many other cities. This body of work focuses on the changing natural environment and employs recycled and repurposed materials extensively. Kreimer has created sound scores for a number of animations by the painter Michael Burton.
Wendy Weiss is an independent artist and weaver. She is professor emerita of textile design in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was awarded a 2014-15 Fulbright Nehru Senior Scholar Award, to follow-up on a previous Fulbright Award in 2009 to document ikat textiles from an artist’s perspective in India, and is a past recipient of two Nebraska Arts Council Artist Fellowships and a Winterthur Residential Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in North America, Europe and Asia. She uses natural dyes she cultivates and collects locally.