TRANSIT is very excited to announce an upcoming Spotlight Series show at the Kent Fine Art Gallery in Chelsea on Thursday, February 2 at 7 PM featuring Phyllis Chen and Evelyn Farny. The Spotlight Series is a platform for innovative musicians to present solo performances of new and experimental music from the cutting edge.
We are thrilled to present Phyllis Chen, who will be joined by multimedia artist Rob Deitz. Fresh off the success of her newly-founded UnCaged Toy Piano Festival, unconventional virtuoso Phyllis Chen will perform original works for toy piano, music boxes, bowls, and electronics that exemplify her unique capacity for creating immersive musical experiences with unusual sounds.
TRANSIT co-founder Evelyn Farny will present a program exploring contemporary developments in solo cello writing, including the world premiere of “Panorama” by rising-star composer Angélica Negrón. She will also perform pieces by Alexandra Gardner, Caroline Shaw, and György Ligeti.
For this very special event, TRANSIT joins forces with the Kent Fine Art Gallery and its Mind the Gap exhibit, which takes its inspiration from Lise Patt’s description of W.G. Sebald:
If there is a Sebaldian method, in Austerlitz we are given the opening line: “mind the gap” between words, between and in images and text, but most significantly, mind the gaps in (not only between) signs. Look at the spaces between seeing and not seeing (where you’ll catch a glimpse of “the phantom traces created by the sluggish eye”). Notice the gaps between cards being dealt of pages of a book flipping by. Don’t turn away from the visual magma, after-images that “leak” out from their moving sides. Pay attention to the momentary arrest of language required by a period, a comma, an “aside.” Don’t ignore the “whispered” secrets of the last spoken syllable hanging in the air, or the last written word of a paragraph stranded on its own line. Study those photographs created in slips of the shutter or captured in concert with bodily sighs. These are the gaps that open the way to the production of thought itself, to awaking, not anesthetizing, the creative mind.
-Lise Patt, “What I Know for Sure,” in Searching for Sebald: Photography after W.G. Sebald (Los Angeles: Institute of Cultural Inquiry, 2007), pp. 81-82.
The artists featured in this exhibit are Dennis Adams, Joseph Beuys, Fernando Bryce, Heide Fasnacht, Charles Gaines, Hans Haacke, Richard Hamilton, Alfredo Jaar, Mark Lombardi, Antoni Muntadas, and Walid Raad.
Kent Fine Art Gallery: 210 11th Avenue, 2nd floor (at 25th St.), NYC 10001
Map + travel info here
Public transit: A to 14th St; L to 8th Ave; C, E to 23rd St; M11 bus to 25th St
The Mind the Gap exhibit opening will begin at 6:00, and our show will begin at 7:00. Admission is free and open to the public.