Joe Diebes. Vessels
James Hill
In the Time of Louie Louie and  Hangin' In Like Gunga Din  
Two parts to one exhibition at the CSUF Grand Central Art Center Project Room
Ceramics Showcase

November 6, 2004 - January 16, 2005
Opening Reception:  Saturday, November 6, 2004, 7-10 P.M.

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Joe Diebes

In Joe Diebes' latest music driven installation work the audience is invited to wander through a labyrinthine arrangement of video projections that document the everyday behavior of the urban human specimen.  At rest:  people with blank stares standing on street corners, people smoking cigarettes outside of office buildings, people deep in their own thoughts as they are carted along by city buses.  In motion: people navigate the flows and vectors of crowds and street traffic.  These figures become vessels through which the music flows.  The ever-changing score acts as a constantly shifting filter for the images: sometimes providing hypnotic rhythms that pulse through the entire crowd, sometimes suggesting a subtle violence that exists in this dense multiplication of isolated individuals.  The composite result is a richly layered kaleidoscope of images and sound that heightens the viewer/listener's awareness of the forces at work in contemporary urban life.  

Joe Diebes creates works that converge around the categories of contemporary music, sound installation and visual art.  From 1996-2003 he was an artist member as well as the musical force behind the hybrid arts collective GAle GAtes et al. described by The New York Times as 'an adventurous troupe with one foot in the world of postmodern art and the other in downtown performance.'  His recent installations, demonstrating a unique perspective on the possibilities of sound and image, have been widely commissioned and exhibited in galleries and museums across the country.  He also remains active as a composer of operas, in which he is pursuing a hybrid between installation and performance.  Graduating from Yale in '95, Joe studied composition formally with Jonathan Berger and Michael Tenzer, while pursuing a degree in Literature and Philosophy. He has also studied at Juilliard with Stanley Wolfe and privately with pioneer sound artist/composer La Monte Young.  He is currently represented by Paul Rodgers/9W Gallery in New York City.


James Hill

Hangin' In Like Gunga Din features the paintings and sculptures of artist James Hill, spanning the years 1999 to 2004.  James Hill's mixed-media paintings are collaged with texture and images that map out stories of journeys and interactions with people from around the world.  The cast bronze camera series are tomblike vessels that evoke images from the past. The material and color of these cameras give them a permanent and monumental quality.  A 64-page, full color book has been published which features more than 35 images of paintings and sculptures by James Hill.  

In the Time of Louie Louie is an unrealized film.   These stills document the sense of another time and place.  In late November of 1963, the song "Louie Louie" was number two on the National Music Charts.  The great jazz musician and composer Thelonious Monk's picture was slated to be on the cover of the November 29 issue of Time magazine.  But that had to be put off until the following year.  President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline, along with Vice President Johnson and his wife Lady Bird, were on a campaign swing through Texas that eventually took them to Dallas.  All of a sudden, the President was dead and everything was different.

That was in the time of Louie Louie.

--James Hill

A 64-page, black-and-white book has been published which features more than 50 images. Both books will be available for purchase.


Scott Stodder                                               
Stephanie Rose
Michael Penilla
Greg Morrissey
Carlota Haider
Collette Siegman
Tadao Kamiya
Stella Vognar
E.G. Hopkins
Desire'e Engel
Marta Crane
Susan Elizalde-Holler
Brian jones
Marsha Judd
Charles Mallar
Erin Dolbey
Brian Sherman
Rose Misanchuk
Shari Mildon
Dawn Mosbarger
Al Vasquez
Richard Barrier
Connie Major
Laura Sherman
Jean Hacker
Nancy Harlan
Tim Keenan
Chris Carter
Scott Jennings
Randy Au
Laura Haight
Kathy Waggoner
Grace Chang
Melanie Donegan

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