Opening Reception and Acoustic Event
3pm: “Tuning the Room” lead by Gregory Lenczycki and Ken Goerres. In preparation for Craycroft's exhibition design, Lenczycki and Goerres performed a private acoustical tuning of Ben Maltz Gallery. To help introduce the show they will recreate this tuning as a conversation and public action.
Snacks and beverages will be provided by Eden Batki that draw awareness to taste and digestion, mirroring the exhibition's attention to the sensory perception of acoustics and optics.
About the Exhibition:
In acoustical engineering, “tuning the room” is a technique for measuring the specific sound properties of an enclosed space and then adapting the environment to improve its acoustic reflections. New York-based artist Anna Craycroft applies this technique both literally and metaphorically to the Ben Maltz Gallery for her exhibition Tuning the Room. Craycroft’s exhibition asks that we consider how the specific characteristics of an environment shape our experience within it, and how we become attuned in return. It invites us to ask questions about our reciprocal relationships beyond the exhibition. How do we tune our communities, our institutions, our countries, and how do they tune us in return?
The measure and alterations of Craycroft’s “room tuning” are framed in relation to its setting within the art gallery of an art school. In the wake of the U.S. presidential election, and in anticipation of the exhibition runtime falling during the first months of the new administration, Tuning the Room is a proposal to pay attention to the role that art and art education play in how voices are heard.
Craycroft’s site-specific installation divides the Ben Maltz Gallery into two discrete spaces with contrasting perceptual effects. In one half of the gallery sound and light are absorbed by hand-dyed fabric acoustical panels and soft sculpture. In the other half sound and light are reflected by a chrome vinyl mural and aluminum seating. The absorptive side allows for voices to be heard clearly, and invites gatherings and discussion. The reflective side incites reverberation, motion, and outwardness. Tuning the Room is presented as an experimental tool for engaging with ideas of behavior, voice, reception, tuning, and the transfer of knowledge and energy.
Over the course of the exhibition, a variety of programs will take place inside the exhibition space that respond to this adapted environment. The events engage the teachers and students of Otis College and are open to the public at large. A working calendar — occupying the title wall of the exhibition entrance as well as online — will act as a visible tool to the Otis College and LA community, describing the activities occurring in the space.
Anna Craycroft lives and works in New York City. Mining fields like education, cinema, psychology, literature and art history in her practice, she examines cultural models for fostering individuality. Through drawings, paintings, videos, sculptures, furniture, installations, books, workshops, or curatorial projects she works thematically on a single thesis over a series of exhibitions.