By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt.
Photos by Maurice Hewitt.
|Before the “visual music” concert, Guillermo
Galindo posed with Ojo (Eye), one of his sonic
devices, a theremin created from a crushed bicycle wheel, wood, steel, and an amplifier.
On the wall behind him is Guilt, a patchwork quilt he made for an
exhibition in Athens in 2015, after visiting the old airport, where immigrants
were held, and finding bits of clothes and fabric that had been left behind. He
explained the title: “When the exhibit was over, I got a phone call: ‘Come pick
up your guilt,’ they said. So I called it that.” |
Can music be visual, and convey social and political messages along with heart-stirring sounds?
According to Guillermo Galindo,
this month's resident artist at Lux Art Institute, it can, as was recently proved at a sonically magical and visually fascinating concert on the evening of July 16th, which happens to be the date of the first atomic bomb test in the desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico, 76 years ago.
Galindo calls himself an experimental composer, sonic architect, performance artist and visual media artist, and for years, he has been turning the discarded objects of immigrants and refugees into sonic art. "We do not hear their voices, but we can hear their sounds," he said.
The concert, performed in the Gallery by star percussionists Fiona Digney
and Michael Jones
, was a revelation of what gifted musicians can do with unusual instruments under the guidance of an unusually inventive composer. Both performers are part of the dynamic Art of Elan
team dedicated to enriching our cultural life with musical collaborations.
|Before the concert, Fiona and Michael posed with
Llantambores (Tire Drums), made of PVC pipes, immigrants’
tire tubes, wood, cloth booties, and barbed wire.|
It started out with some "rock music"- as the barefoot musicians entered, tapping out rhythmic patterns with small rocks in their hands. Then they went on to explore all the sonic sculptures on display, sometimes soloing, sometimes duetting on a single instrument. The music they made was always surprising, often thrilling, winning the audience's passionate applause at the end.
Fiona and Michael in
Closeup of the performers
working their magic on LISTO/Ready to Go, made of a crushed
immigrant bicycle and a border patrol chair.
After the concert, attendees
strolled down to the Education Pavilion for the artist’s talk, illustrated with
slides from various phases of his impressive career. “All borders are open
tonight,” Galindo said. “We are all together because of what has happened and
what is coming.”
The talk was enlightening, but
the real joy of the evening was the concert—a fabulous opportunity to see and
hear Galindo’s sculptures come alive.
Guillermo Gallindo will be in studio at Lux through July 31. His artworks
will be on view through August 7.
Lux Art Institute
1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
www. luxartinstitute. org
Burstein Hewitt is an award-winning
author/lyricist/playwright who has written about arts and lifestyle for the La
Jolla Light and other local media for over a dozen years. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org/
See also: Guillermo Galindo at Lux Art Institute soon to be ICA North by Patricia Frischer
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