Kinetic artist, composer and inventor, “Trimpin” was in residence in the College of the Arts from February 16-17, 2012. The documentary “Trimpin: The Sound of Invention,” by Peter Esmonde was shown in Fletcher Auditorium, room 134 at 7:30 on February 16 as part of the Bayou Bijou Film Series. Trimpin remained for question and answer after the film. Trimpin also gave a presentation in Fletcher Auditorium, room 134, at 7:30 on February 17 under the auspices of the University Concert Series.
Trimpin is a specialist in integrating sculpture and acoustic devices, and is said to be one of the most stimulating one-man forces in music today. Each one of his fanciful installations is unique. For the 1989 Composer-to-Composer conference in Telluride, Colorado, Trimpin created a computer-controlled system to perform Conlon Nancarrow’s player piano compositions with mallets striking 100 Dutch wooden shoes, arranged in a horseshoe from the edge of the balcony at the Sheridan Opera House. He has constructed fire organs, liquid percussion systems, and a tower of more than fifty self-playing and self-tuning guitars in honor of Jimi Hendrix. In 1997 he received a MacArthur “Genius Grant” for exceptional creative work. Music professor Robert Willey, who organized the visit, recommended the experience for people looking for creative inspiration: “Trimpin thinks out of the box…way out.”
Lynda Frese, will be releasing her book Pacha Mama: earth realm this summer with the support of an ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant. The book will include 30 artworks, Sanskrit prayers, essays about nature from noted healers Kathi von Koerber and Michele Baker, and poetry written for this project by Darrell Bourque, Louisiana’s poet laureate.
In the Pacha Mama: earth realm series, Lynda Frese uses her own photography (digital and film-based) and other found printed material and combines these with egg tempera painting. Most of the works are on birch-wood and are the size of large books. Transparent layers of antique pigments from Northern Italy, once used to repair church frescoes, are painted over the printed collage images. The powdered pigments from the earth are mixed with egg yolks, providing an organic connection with a specific ecological community.
Lynda Frese’s Pacha Mama: earth realm series imagines a set of religious iconography using ideas borrowed from the Italian Renaissance and comments upon indigenous ideas about the “end time,” a prophecy shared by many cultures about the end of the natural cycle that is upon us. The series draws on these sources to examine the popular meme of the apocalypse and its archtypal images of destruction and rebirth. The work recognizes how Nature teaches us, feeds us, cleans us and mends us throughout time. Combining beliefs about the apocalypse of the feminine earth with equally surreal and enigmatic images of the Virgin Mother Mary, the artist rediscovers the root meaning of the word apocalypse as the “uncovering.” The Saints and the Nature Spirits join forces with the South American earth goddess Pachamama. She appears as a divine entity, warming us, warning us, offering redemption, and proffering enchantment.
The series Pacha Mama: earth realm will be presented at Red Bud Galley in Houston, Texas in May and at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana in November, 2011.
Frese is currently a BORSF endowed Professor of Art at UL Lafayette.
Opening Reception Saturday, May 7, 6-8pm.
Pacha Mama: earth realm by Lynda Frese
May 7 – 29, 2011
Red Bud Gallery
303 East 11th Street, Houston, TX