Resonate & Render

November 3 - 25, 2017

Martin McDonald Gallery

An exhibition by artists, each of whom work in both performance and visual arts

Valerie Hill — choreography/dance and visual art

Ra Inta & Beth Koehn— music and visual art

Kristy Kristinek — choreography/dance and visual art

Brandi Price — music and visual art

Bonnie Wilkinson — music and visual art

Andy Wilkinson — music and visual art

 

Ra Inta
Ra was born in the rain-forest on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand (his full name is Ra Ata O Te Ngahere Douglas Inta). He wanted to be a fire engine driver until his Mom put him on a space rocket ride, after which he altered course to become a scientist. He got his PhD in Physics, making acoustic guitars. Ra played in a band with Iggy Pop, for an ad which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes advertising awards.His day job is looking for the vibrations in space-time known as gravitational waves, and is part of the team that first saw the screams given off by black holes colliding into each other.

 

Beth Koehn  
Beth is a Jill-of-all-trades, having worked as an entomologist, restaurant manager, cosmetician, barista, gift wrapper and a medical researcher, having investigated everything from heavy metal toxicology to how Australian wallabies reproduce. However, her first love is singing, being a trained soprano and has sung internationally. She runs a small jewelry business and is currently a senior forensic technician for the county of Lubbock. She is probably one of the few Americans to admit to liking the famous black Australian foodstuff, Vegemite.

 

Kristy Krisinek
Through the act of documentation, the marks of the body in space become recorded on the surface of the canvas creating a tension between the progression and the outcome. The notion of restraint becomes visible through the quick gestural quality of the marks and textures left behind by the execution of performance in the studio. The goal is to provide the audience with a glimpse in to the artist’s practice, developing an interactive representation of the body and artistic process studying the duality of dance and painting. 

 

Valerie Komkov Hill
I love working in a variety of mediums and experimenting with various art processes and techniques. A painting I am working on will often fuel an idea for a quilt. A piece of fabric will inspire me to try a printing or textural process. A mixed media project will just come together from the leftovers of an abandoned artwork. I am always inspired by line and color, by the juxtaposition of simplicity with complexity, and by the unexpected combinations of seemingly dissimilar materials. I work spontaneously and intuitively in a state of ‘controlled chaos’, often surprising myself and hoping to inspire others in the delight of creativity. 

 

Brandi Price
Progression. Intention. Destination. Movement. Curiosity. Sensitivity. Clarity. Listening. Answering.
As an artist, I am perpetually seeking ways to relate to the world, to unfold and reform perception ~ consciously and unconsciously.
The path to this moment:
In the spring of 2017, post-election, I began dropping more fully into awareness around the deep un-weaving we are all experiencing as a nation. It was here that I began to process the breadth of what was actually going on. The status-quo was being called to question. How was I being called to answer? How was I being asked to assist in dismantling centuries-old systems of oppression?
Around this time, I began a practice where I would scribble these words onto a sticky note ~ using my non-dominant (left) hand:
There is no balance point, only the pursuit of it.
My intention with the writing practice was to emphasize an area of myself where I lacked familiarity. To experience integration with the left side of my body, to touch base with my feminine nature, to connect with lunar elements, to breath more space into the parts of myself I had ignored or abandoned. I also found that this gentle writing practice was a way to stay centered and connected to a simple mantra.
Post-election, I disconnected in many ways from the draining polarization of mainstream media and divisive conversations and I dropped more deeply into relationship with the natural world. I began to mirror the receptivity I found in nature. The softness. The ever-changing constancy. I began honoring the earth, as the Mother she is and naturally, I began to honor and nurture the divine feminine in myself as well.
Looking through images from this past summer...a story came emerged - the spirit of these photographs began to reveal itself to me. I began to see a reflection of the emotional experiences that I was having in these images and what I saw was beauty - beauty that I honestly couldn't see before. In the photos, I have seen a reflection of my own alchemical transformation over the past few months.
I see these 3 images together, weaving the narrative of Maiden, Mother, Crone. May we all be energized by the tryptic, the triple Goddess. The sticky notes bring in the human element – As we witness the journey, we start in curiosity – the mid-point brings a point of reflection and finally we meet progression—into full embodiment and engagement with language, with symbols, with meaning.

 

Kristy Kristinek
Through the act of documentation, the marks of the body in space become recorded on the surface of the canvas creating a tension between the progression and the outcome. The notion of restraint becomes visible through the quick gestural quality of the marks and textures left behind by the execution of performance in the studio. The goal is to provide the audience with a glimpse in to the artist’s practice, developing an interactive representation of the body and artistic process studying the duality of dance and painting. 

 

Andy Wilkinson
For every story there is an infinite number of narrations; for every idea there is an infinite number of expressions.  If we let them, those narrations and expressions come in many forms: in words, in music, in movement, in lines and colors and shapes.  We’re not limited to only one.  Both the songs and the paintings for this exhibition are field notes, pieces done on the road, which is where I usually am.