April 16, 2016 at B4bel4b Gallery in Oakland.
semigloss. is a print release contemporary art publication that has chosen to focus its most recent issue on the concept and medium of “Sound“. As such, they have produced a vinyl record containing individual sound works and featuring written essays by individuals like Kenneth Goldsmith. The release of this issue will be accompanied by an installation through which visitors can experience the sound pieces contained on the record in real time. The installation consists of 10 sonic stations fitted with MP3 speaker/players, on which are loaded a single track/piece from the record. Visitors are invited to explore and be guided through the sonically and visually linked exhibition that will take over the gallery space.
It is often said that the most impactful artwork, that which is most potently recalled, generates more questions than it does answers. So, as you familiarize yourself with this, the 6th issue of semigloss., you might be asking why a print magazine would decide to publish an issue on sound art—one that not only features writing about sound art, but also sound in its direct form. It has always been their mission to continually question their publication’s formal and conceptual boundaries. And what better way to subvert the limitations of a visual art magazine than by placing its experiential departure point within an entirely different sensory arena? As challenging and time-consuming as this issue has been to produce, they are confident that the result is at once compelling, gorgeous, and indicative of this publication’s gravitation towards what sound art represents within the canon of contemporary art practice.
Artists featured in semigloss. Magazine Issue #6 SOUND:
Shelby David Meier
Opening Exhibition and Magazine Release Party