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Vlad Smolkin & David Waite Martinson
Drawings, Sculptures, Sound Works

June 12th - July 3rd, 2010

Opening Reception:
Saturday June 12th

Fountain Studios is pleased to present a new exhibition featuring current works by Baltimore-based artist Vlad Smolkin and Brooklyn-based composer David Waite Martinson. Opening June 12th and running through July 3rd, 2010, the artists' work will be shown in Fountain's main gallery with select pieces in the Studios' unique back area.

Vlad Smolkin’s new drawings and sculptures feed upon themselves. The compulsive and personal quality of the drawings is balanced by the simple and cold demonstration of the sculptural works. Through the works presented, Smolkin places himself between the art tool and the art object. The sculptures consist of objects devoid of their intended function that have earned a sentimental value in the artist’s studio practice and daily life. Here, a used-up marker, a worn-out belt, and a sawed-off chair leg display the charm and wisdom of a retired athlete proud of his life’s work. This “life’s work”, so to speak, is on display within Smolkin’s drawings, hanging on the walls throughout the main gallery’s walls.

David Waite Martinson will be exhibiting two recent sound pieces: Bedroom Miniatures in Fountain's back space and Ancillary Salutations in the main gallery - each piece presented on loop. Grafted out of recorded voices, synthesizers, percussion instruments, strings, and keyboards, Bedroom Miniatures essays a sonic territory at once subtle, inspired, and edging towards another place. This thirteen-minute sound work brings together colorful and interwoven textures, intimate instrumental passages, rich electronic soundings, and pop-like vocal work. Within Ancillary Salutations – a drone-based companion piece – synthesizer sounds are gradually layered, eventually giving way to an arrival of acoustic instruments. As mixed and paced, the entrances of individual layers tend to be de-emphasized and, instead, the listener is focused towards a collective sense of emergence.

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