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AMERICAN LANDSCAPE OPENS IN JC GALLERY
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a multimedia installation
by William Noland
Inspired by Don DeLillo’s Mao II
in George Mason University’s Johnson Center Gallery
October 20 through November 12
Reception and artist’s talk, Monday, October 27
Fairfax, Virginia, September 19, 2003—American Landscape grew out of the multimedia components of a stage production of Don DeLillo's 1991 novel Mao II, which was adapted and directed by Jody McAuliffe and staged in April 2002 at Duke University. The video, made in collaboration with composer Scott Lindroth, began in earnest in February of 2002, just prior to the staging of the play, and was completed in October of that year. "I became deeply immersed in shooting and editing video while creating the elaborate three-screen video projections that were an integral part of the staging of Don DeLillo's prescient 1991 novel Mao II. The task was to project and visually integrate a steady stream of images that would represent the consciousness of Bill Gray, the novelist within the novel," explains William Noland. The installation opens on October 20th in George Mason University’s Johnson Center Gallery and runs through November 12. On Monday, October 27, in Mason’s Harris Theater at 4:30PM, the artist speaks, followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m
In American Landscape, there is no overt narrative. Noland describes it as a video "painting" that examines the individual as seen in the passing urban landscape. "The video was all shot in and around New York City, both before and after 9/11," Noland continues. "Lindroth and I wanted to create a meditation on contemporary life, with post-September 11th America as its subtext." The installation will also feature large-scale video stills created by Noland.
Lindroth’s densely layered sound design for American Landscape utilizes filtered samples of crowds, malls, speaking voices, highway traffic, and other ambient sound sources along with his original compositions. "The work’s four segments suggest a musical continuity, each segment characterized by particular images, colors, rhythms, and soundscape. A brief spoken text, an excerpt from Mao II, appears at the end of the third segment, but as a part of the soundtrack, not an actor's monologue", says Lindroth.
William Noland is an Associate Professor of Art at Duke University who works in sculpture, photography and digital video. His work in photography for a number of years has focused on the individual and the crowd, while his work in sculpture defines space and location as it evokes place.
Scott Lindroth is an Associate Professor of Music at Duke University. In recent yearhe has incorporated digital audio and synthesized sound in his work.
Camera and Video Editing: William Noland
Sound and Music: Scott Lindroth
Completion date: October, 2002
Running time: 19 minutes
Text excerpted from Don DeLillo’s Mao II, published originally in 1991 performed by Frederick Neumann of New York’s Mabou Mines theater company.
The Johnson Center Gallery is located on the main level of the George W. Johnson Center in the heart of Mason’s Fairfax campus. The Fine Arts Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Fine Arts Building in room B104. Galleries are open Mon. through Thurs., from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and by appointment. The Gallery Program is a division of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, home to the Center for the Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.