Jack Straw Productions
a multimedia installation by Richard Lerman
co-presented by Nonsequitur
March 17 – April 28, 2006
Opening Reception: Friday, March 17, 7pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 18, 11am
Fences – Borders is a multi-media installation based on Lerman’s interest in the US/Mexico border, and his field recordings of the fences that (supposedly) separate the two countries. Attaching contact microphones to the fences, he picks up the sound of wind, plants, and garbage as they interact with the steel structure. In the gallery, an 18-foot coil of dried bougainvillaea, a woody vine, divides the space, its spines standing in for the hostile razor wire of the border fence. Transducers embedded within the wood turn the plant material into a speaker, which then transmits the original recordings. The walls are covered with maps of the border, and video footage of the fences is also projected. Fences - Borders is copresented by Nonsequitur, a nonprofit organization that presents an ongoing series of concerts and other sonic events in the Seattle area.
Richard Lerman was born in 1944 in San Francisco. He has worked in electronic music since 1963 and taught performance art, film making and sound art at the Boston Museum School from 1973-1994. Lerman has performed at many International and American festivals and has worked with John Driscoll, The Merce Cunningham Dance Co., The Dance Exchange, and others.
Richard Lerman
Lerman works in the mediums of music, film, installations, performance, and video. He often constructs functional microphones from diverse materials, and then composes using these transducers to amplify and pick-up sounds of the environment. These site-specific sound pieces allow the sonic flavor of each material to emerge. They also develop strong connections between the recording locations and the installations in which they are used. Recent works combine sounds from his self-built microphones with computer and MIDI techniques. He has performed and screened his work nationally and internationally since the 1970s, and has received numerous awards and grants supporting his work.

Now a Professor of Media and Digital Arts at Arizona State University-West, he has also screened his films and videotapes at numerous media centers including Pacific Film Archives, Millennium Film Studies, The London Film Co-op, Grierson State Cinema (Melbourne), Image Forum (Tokyo), and in 1999 at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC as part of “Big as Life: A History of Super 8 Film in America.”
Jack Straw Productions' New Media Gallery

Jack Straw Productions' New Media Gallery was opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Gallery residencies of up to 3 months are a combination of applicants from our annual call for applicants, and exhibits by invited artists. As part of their residency, gallery artists receive up to 20 hours of studio assistance with one of our engineers.

Jack Straw Productions thanks the Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation, ArtsFund, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the 4Culture King County Lodging Tax, the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and our individual contributors for their vital sup ort of our programs and services.

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