Opening this Saturday, November 2nd, at di Rosa, Napa is a group exhibition inspired by a seminal work in the di Rosa collection by William T. Wiley, “Beatnik Meteors” presents an exciting group of contemporary regional artists who share an interest in creating platforms for collaborative work. Reflecting on a distinct moment in the 1960s and 1970s when artists increasingly placed film, video, and performance in dialogue with sculpture, painting, music, and writing, artists Paul Clipson, Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Chris Duncan, Christopher Füllemann, and Bailey Hikawa show new works in a range of media that provide multiple entry points for activation and exchange. “Beatnik Meteors” is the first exhibition organized by di Rosa curator, Amy Owen.
For this exhibition, Paul Clipson unveils a new 16mm film using the di Rosa landscape as a muse, including improvisational scores by sound artists John Davis and Joshua Churchill. Chris Duncan installs an interactive sonic wire installation, inviting experimental musicians Ashley Bellouin and Ben Bracken to compose new sound pieces using the sculpture as their instrument. Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Christopher Füllemann, and Bailey Hikawa present a large-scale sculptural installation that will function as props for a range of performances. A series of events with local performers, composers, and musicians will animate these installations over the course of the exhibition, along with a rare opportunity to view the original Wiley work, Beatnik Meteor, from 1970. The exhibition thus becomes a living organism: fluid, transparent, and permeable, highlighting chance encounters, risk taking, and collective surprise.
“Beatnik Meteors” is on view through Februrary 2nd, 2013.