Jack Straw New Media Gallery

An installation by Robert Blatt

July 26 - September 6, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, July 26, 7pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, August 28, 7pm

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9-5
Also open during evening events at Jack Straw

Click the play button above to listen to our interview with Robert Blatt. Click here to download the interview.

Elements is a sound installation investigating the role of perception, setting and transformation within epistemology. It is an immersive work featuring an architectural environment constructed using an array of loudspeakers suspended from the ceiling, transducers connected to the surface of a resonant glass object, and a pair of headphones located in the center of the gallery space. Its sonic material consists of sounds based on our natural environment, which are then diffused and transformed through physical filtering and digital sound processing, creating a soundscape emphasizing one's sense of space and internal versus external representations of reality.

Robert Blatt is a composer, sound artist and guitarist. He was born in Anaheim, CA, studied at the University of Washington and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands, and has spent the last two years living and working in Portland, OR; London, UK, and Ghent, Belgium. His music incorporates acoustic and electroacoustic forces, using traditional instruments, loudspeakers and unconventional sound sources. He additionally practices installation and performance art, and draws from such disciplines as anthropology, science and philosophy.

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


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Recent exhibitions

I Love You, But You're Too Loud! (May 31 - July 12, 2013) by meadow starts with p

Lost Long: a landscape (March 22 - May 22, 2013) by Ruth Marie Tomlinson

Signal to Noise: Imagined Frequencies of Radiophonic Space (January 25 - March 8, 2013) by Amber Cortes

Outside In/Inside Out: The Inner Life of Jack (June 22 - August 24, 2012) by Ellen Sollod and Johanna Melamed

CARTASONIC (April 6 - June 8, 2012) by Perri Lynch, Lara Swimmer, and Robert Zimmer

Blue.Hour (February 10 - March 30, 2012) by Yann Novak

The Network Is a Blind Space (December 9, 2011 - February 3, 2012) by Stelios Manousakis

Mother May I: Work in Progress Phase I (November 4 - 11, 2011) by Beth Fleenor

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

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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