Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Mother May I:
Work in Progress Phase 1
Beth Fleenor

November 4 - 11, 2011

Opening Ensemble Performance:
Friday, Nov. 4, 8pm

Daily solo and duo performances:
Monday-Friday, Nov. 7-11 1-5pm

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

"Mother May I learn from you, but find my own voice, transforming difficulties of the past into opportunities for the future?"

Mother May I is an organic installation that explores music, craft, heritage, communication, and expression.

Individual sound waves, generated through pre-recorded ensemble works, are being recreated through cross-stitch - one of the world's oldest forms of counted embroidery -  into large exhibited panels. The panels will in turn be used as graphic scores to create new audio works.

To create the cross-stitched waves, Fleenor has been working alongside her mother, a 3rd generation cross-stitcher, creating the panels as a way of working through their differences, similarities, and past relationship.

This work in progress performance/installation will feature one component of the multidimensional work which will continue to unfold over the next year - the creation of a genetic and environmental map that includes a collection of wave panels and experiential processing tags. The tags are intended as an anthropological excavation and distillation of emotional, psychological and sociological experiences, that imprint and transmit through the individuals they affect.

Mother May I is made possible, in part, with support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, Jack Straw Productions, Advocates for Abundance through Action in the Arts, and The Frank Agency.

Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, City of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, PONCHO, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.

Jack Straw New Media Gallery Events

Beth Fleenor: Mother May I
November 4-11, 2011

Ensemble performance: Friday, November 4, 8pm
Beth Fleenor (clarinets/voice/electronics), Michele Khazak (voice), Paris Hurley (violin/tape players), Samantha Boshnack (trumpet), Michael Owcharuk (keyboard), Paul Kemmish (bass), Tom Zgonc (drums)

Daily solo and duo performances: Monday-Friday, November 7-11, 1-5pm
Featuring artists including: Craig Flory, Stephen Fandrich, Michael Owcharuk, Paul Budraitis, Double Yoko, Evan Flory-Barnes, Paris Hurley, Nate Omdal, Brian Bermudez, John Teske, Whitney Lyman, Kevin Nortness, PK, Michele Khazak, Ari Joshua, Stephen Parris, Brad Hebert, and others.

Recent exhibitions

Voices & Images from Bulgaria (September 23 - October 28, 2011) by Martin Koenig

Talking to Ghosts: Waiting in the River between Worlds (July 22 - September 16, 2011) by Nari Baker

Sympatico (May 13 - July 8, 2011) by Carlisle Roveto

Fragments of the Story (February 18 - April 22, 2011) by Robert Millis

A CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES (December 3, 2010 - January 14, 2011) by Jim Hobbs and Kinski

Chamber Music 8: Particles/Waves (September 10 - November 19, 2010) by Steve Peters

Thinking Caps (June 18 - August 27, 2010) by Vaughn Bell

This Old Piano (April 19 - June 4, 2010)

Metaphors for Dead Pianos (January 29 - April 2,2010) by Hugo Solis

So Long (October 16, 2009 - January 8, 2010) by Brent Watanabe

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Productions, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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