14 de marzo 2014
Manuel Rocha Iturbide - La Tensión Extendida
Curaduría de Bárbara Perea
Realizada en Three Walls Gallery, San Antonio Texas, U.S.A
This exhibition represents my continued interest in promoting Mexican Sound Art in San Antonio as well as the exchange of two very rich artistic scenes—that of San Antonio and Mexico City. Following a residency at Casa Chuck, a program of Sala Díaz, in 2012, and collaboration arising from that experience with Pastelegram magazine and the VAC in Austin both exploring recent Sound Art and Experimental Music production, this third ‘installment’ arises from an invitation by Michele Monseau and Three Walls Gallery to further the exchange in two new exhibitions.
La tensión extendida is Manuel Rocha Iturbide’s first solo show in the United Sates encompassing three of his recent works (4:33 ongoing) that share the similarities of appropriating iconic sounds and objects of the musical production of the 20th century, ranging from John Cage’s seminal 4’33’’ work on silence to the use of an electric guitar in reference to the development of Rock music throughout that century. The operations used in 4:33 and Phonosynthesis for appropriating and reformulating iconic sounds, works and objects point towards densification, saturation, in a sort of anti-alchemy: the pursuit of a chemically pure white noise that looks on the vibrating heart of the fragile guitar suspended mid-air searching for release.