Story + Photographs by J R Compton
with opinions by Anna Palmer
- Tech 3
- Venues 4
- Stats 5
- Bad 6
- Correspondance 7
- Birth of the Bi
Austin artist Jerry Chamkis - Kosmophone
first piece in the first place we visited
— Doughtery Arts Center on Barton Springs Road — during
the opening weekend of the 2005 Texas Biennial that really wowed
us, was Jerry Chamkis' Kosmophone that
translates Cosmic Rays into ambient music. He had a long explanation
posted, but trust me. Technically art, yet perceptible in
different dimensions. Eloquent audio outside the box; high tech knobs
and glowing tubes inside.
Houston artist William Betts - Take my breath
acrylic on MDF
be one of the more important sub-themes at the show.
I did not like the William Betts' striped
piece when I first saw it — oh, another Bridget Riley rip, I thought
mindlessly. Then I started looking at it to see how it accomplished its
3-D magic. I know
it has no third dimension.
It is flat. But I had to look down at it
at close range to know its strong optical approximation of
shape was sham.
In conversation, I found myself comparing
Betts' piece favorably with other works
that deal with
ways, and it fits right in the category.