RECURSIVE STATES features the work of Lisa Beck, Sreshta Rit Premnath, and Gull (Nathaniel Rappole). Beck and Premnath will present their work in a co-mingled, architecturally-scaled installation alongside projections of recent performances by Gull. Each of these artists incorporates the organizing concept of this year's iteration of the Spring/Break Art Show, ⌘COPY⌘PASTE, into their respective practices.
LISA BECK has been exploring the liminal space between the particular and the universal for over three decades. Her practice has embraced a range of media, while pursuing the boundaries between elemental shapes and their abstracted end points. A consistent element throughout her career has been the utilization of a variety of reflective surfaces, which often create a self-contained system of copy/paste. In this instance, the reflection of an original shape is registered as an inverse copy, which is flipped and presented within the textured, degraded non-space of the mirror.
The multi-media installations of SRESHTA RIT PREMNATH survey the geopolitical landscape with an eye scanning such diverse influences as linguistic theory, urban development, art history and mathematical conundrums. Premnath believes that every form of presence has an analogous form of absence. His work is a tipping point (the moment between copy and paste) derived from null gestures that dissipate within the tenuousness of objecthood. These transitions, whether they be zero sums or apertures between visibility and invisibility, continuously reappear in order to underscore historical and political displacement.
Operating as his alter-ego GULL, Nathaniel Rappole creates a self-enclosed system of copy/paste in the aural realm. Each soundwork begins by developing a heavily processed sequence of textural sonic segments. These loops operate on an infinite timeline, yet once layered, they become the foundation for the performance of a masked, primeval, one-man band. Playing multiple instruments at the same time, Gull creates a complex world within worlds by stacking and toppling analog live sounds and their manipulated digitized copies.