The exhibition and related performances will revolve around notions of chance, indeterminacy, and luck.

The exhibition will be anchored by a performative installation covering the main walls. We propose to construct self-playing and playable wall-mounted amplified sound sculptures. Elements of the installation will be constructed to allow for chance sounds and interactions of sounds. Sound will be produced by amplified piezo contact microphones. We have been working on similar installations on the floor for the past few years. We will adapt techniques and strategies learned doing this floor-based work to the new wall-based work. The audience will be invited to interact with this work to produce sound.

Eclipse
Installation in progress. Performances, 2018, Larnie and Bodil, Canessa Gallery, SF & Garden of Memory, Oakland.

There will be an ancillary installation in Pro Art’s Project Space emphasizing kinetic as opposed to sonic qualities. Both installations will combine materials favored by Bodil (copper, concrete, wire, mixed media surface treatment) with those favored by Larnie (bamboo, plywood, recycled materials, motors).

The main installation will serve as the locus for two performances; one being a duet by Bodil and Larnie that showcases the more ambient, self-playing soundscapes produced by the low-tech machines, and the other will be more musical and more human-produced performed by the Contraption Quartet (Bodil Fox, Larnie Fox, Lena Strayhorn and Chris Miller). Both performances will be composed using some methods of introducing randomness into the pieces (aleatoric music).

Clepsydra
Sound Sculpture, 2017-2018, with copper, bamboo, water and piezo contact microphones, for the Drop by Drop exhibition at the Benicia Historical Museum, curated by Arts Benicia, Benicia.

The gallery will also serve as the base for a dicewalk. A dicewalk is a way of moving randomly through an urban environment; participants roll a die each time they come to an intersection. Using a die to determine direction allows for surprising discoveries.

 

About Bodil and Larnie Fox

Birdhouse
Bodil and Larnie Fox. Installation, 2016 Temple Lofts Gallery in Vallejo, CA, included in Wild by Nature, an exhibition curated by Celeste Smeland, in association with Visions of the Wild, a festival organized by the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation.

Bodil and Larnie Fox are visual artists who work together on sound art and installations. Collaborations include dicewalks, performances as a duo and also with Contraption Quartet and the 14 member Crank Ensemble. Among other things, they created Birdhouse, a kinetic and olfactory installation for Vallejo’s Visions of the Wild festival; made Clepsydra, a sound and water installation at the Benicia Historical Museum; built and “flew” a 23-foot bamboo and muslin airplane/kite for Burning Man; made a giant kinetic dragonfly for the DuPage Museum near Chicago; designed and built the sets for Theatre of Yugen’s Cycle Plays at Theatre Artaud in San Francisco. They were awarded a three-month joint residency at the Montalvo Art Center in 2016.

Bodil Fox holds an MFA and BA in Art with an emphasis on textiles from San Francisco State University, an AA in Visual Communication from Shoreline Community College in Seattle and has studied at Engelsholm Textile Højskole College, Vejle, Denmark. She works with unusual materials such as concrete, wire, fortune cookie notes, sewing threads, pleated paper, and enjoys making “fake instruments”. Bodil is especially interested in counting and how to count/express time visually and in performance. She has shown her work at numerous Bay Area locations including Thoreau Center Art Gallery, California Crafts Museum, Arts Benicia, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Art Rise Gallery, Vorpal Gallery, Sanchez Art Center, Bridge ARTSpace, and SFSU Art Gallery.

Larnie Fox is known for monumental bamboo sculpture, kinetic sculpture, sound installations, performance, and painting. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions locally and nationally including one-person exhibitions in San Francisco at the Lab, the Randall Museum, and the Center for New Music, and also at the Richmond Art Center. He founded the Crank Ensemble who performed on his invented hand-cranked instruments, and currently is inventing instruments, composing and performing with the new-music group the Contraption Quartet. He holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Utah and is the former Director of the Children’s Fine Art Program at the Palo Alto Art Center and former Executive Director of Arts Benicia, a regional art center.

Bodil and Larnie live and work together in an old house near the water in Benicia, California.