SPANISH STILL LIFE (OR A LARGE LIST OF MERGED ANIMALS) Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, 2008 Eight channel audio, two channel video projection, chromed steel mirrors in the exact dimensions of two Juan Sanchez Cotan still life paintings, and three inkjet prints. Prints made in collaboration with Veronica Corzo Duchardt.
Spanish Still Life is a multi-channel sound art installation with accompanying visual images based on a text of possible and impossible objects and situations comprising an imagined space between two nearly identical seventeenth century still life paintings.
The installation is composed of a 100 minute poly-vocal eight-channel audio art composition, a series of calendar panels renaming the days of the year, two chromed pieces of steel cut to the exact measurement of the two original still life paintings, and two large projections of Juan Sánchez Cotán’s “Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, Cucumber” and “Still Life with Wildfowl” projected on opposing walls of the gallery. One sub section of the Still Life audio text is entitled “365 days renamed.” The section is a renaming of the names of the days of the year for one year. The seven weekday names are replaced with 365+ new names.
VOCALS: Mark Booth, Karen Christopher, Noe Cuellar, Patrick Durgin, Laura Goldstein, Matthew Goulish, Ian Hatcher, Kristin Hayter, CJ Mitchell, Terri Kapsalis, Jared Larson, Lou Mallozzi, Adrian Moens, Kathleen Odell, and Wayland Rogers
DESIGN: Veronica Corzo-Duchardt
METAL: Dan Mackessy
VIDEO: Jared Larson
AUDIO ENGINEERING: Mark Booth, Lou Mallozzi
TEXT: Mark Booth
IMAGES in video and prints (used with permission):
Juan Sánchez Cotán, Spanish, 1561-1627, Still Life with Game Fowl, 1600/1603, Oil on canvas, 26 11/16 x 34 15/16 in. (67.8 x 88.7 cm), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1955.1203, The Art Institute of Chicago. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago.
Juan Sánchez Cotán, Spanish, 1560–1627, Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber, Oil on canvas, ca. 1602, 27 1/8 in. x 33 1/4 in. (68.9 cm x 84.46 cm)
San Diego Museum of Art (Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam).
Photography © The San Diego Museum of Art.
sounds and images copyright Mark Booth (and collaborators) :