Jorge Bachman will visit Stillwater next month to work with current students and unveil two new multimedia and sound installations as part of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art’s Visiting Artist Program.
Bachman is a Swiss-Colombian artist who collects field recordings exploring the strange, unique, and microcosmic sounds of everyday life. His sound installations combine found and created sounds with instrumental performance in unconventional environments. In collaboration with Bachman, four OSU students have created Fading Open: The Mind Recovers in Silence. This exhibition, designed for the 3rd floor of Hanner Hall, uses found sounds to create an experience representing the spectrum of emotions from despair to hope. Visitors will explore a labyrinth-like installation, moving from room to room and encountering various sounds that students have collected and edited throughout the semester.
Bachman has also been independently working with the sound recordings of Dale McKinney, a former Associate Professor of Art at OSU, as well as a respected painter, printmaker, and sculptor. The Department of Art, Art History, and Graphic Design currently holds archival material from McKinney, including 1,400 reel-to-reel audio tape recordings of found sounds, music, and more. Bachman has used McKinney’s recordings to create a site-specific multimedia piece for the Postal Plaza Gallery.
Fading Open: The Mind Recovers in Silence will be open to the public on April 21 through April 25 from 4 pm to 10 pm daily and April 26 and April 27 from 11 am to 4 pm on the 3rd floor of Hanner Hall. Bachman’s commissioned installation for the Postal Plaza Gallery will be revealed on April 17 at 6:30 pm. It will remain open for the rest of the semester alongside Dale McKinney’s kinetic sculptures, currently on view in Sharing a Journey, the OSU Museum of Art’s inaugural exhibition.
In addition to this new work, an existing piece by Bachman will be featured in the Postal Plaza Gallery throughout the duration of his visit to Stillwater (April 7 – April 25). This offers visitors an opportunity to experience the artist’s work for a few weeks in anticipation of the pieces that will be revealed later in the month (such the commissioned piece and the student installation in Hanner).