The impressive Mike Kelley retrospective currently on view at MoMA PS1 — appropriately titled Mike Kelley — is a strong contender for Best Exhibition of 2013. The show was certainly the most ambitious. Organized after the artist’s unexpected death in 2012, the exhibition successfully avoids any complications from fast-tracking one of largest shows of the year, and the most comprehensive of the artist’s career, portraying an artist whose diverse practice and influence are still being surmised.
Warner Jepson (1930-2011) is not a household name amongst electronic music aficionados, but his unique, gestural approach demands recognition. Jepson was an early member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center (SFTMC), even before its move to Mills College in 1967, and worked with some of the most prominent musicians and artists of the San Francisco Bay area throughout the mid-1960s and 1970s (e.g., Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, and Yvonne Rainer). Jepson was also one of the first musicians to ever use the Buchla 100 modular synthesizer. continue reading "Silent Night: Warner Jepson’s “Buchla Christmas” (1969)"