The Obsessive Image - a Unique Relationship between Musical Compositions and Sculptural Objects presented by Howard Sandroff

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00pm

2603 Sheridan Road in Evanson

Join us on May 8 for an enlightening discussion about multisensory experiences and how the same aesthetic concerns can be applied to sound and steel.

Composer Howard Sandroff  will talk about the relationship between his sculpture (completed at the Evanston Art Center while studying with Matt Runfola) and his musical compositions. He will also discuss the modes operandi of "preverbal memory" and the muse, which inspires (or not) us all in the creation of art. Sandroff’s sculptural works bear an uncanny aesthetic consistency with his compositions in that they are characterized by objects of extreme economy of material and complexity, which are not born of evolutionary development but by his interest in arresting time and space.

The same “obsessive image” inherent in his objects, both musical and steel, interact and are woven into with multiple clones and variations of the original object. The conclusion may be inescapable, that for the last 40 years his musical compositions were actually his obsession to freeze the time and motion of music into the static spatial constructions, which are now his welded steel sculptures. Using photos and recorded musical examples, Sandroff will take the audience through the “obsessive image” that dominates both his music and his sculpture. Three of his smaller sculptures will be on view in the gallery during the presentation offering visual references concurrent with a sampling of recordings and scores.

Howard Sandroff is currently Professor of Sound Art at Columbia College Chicago, Department of Audio Arts and Acoustics and a Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of the Computer Music Studios at The University of Chicago’s Department of Music

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School of Media Arts, Audio Arts and Acoustics



Free and open to the Public

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Paula Danoff, Director of Communications, Evanston Arts Center: (847) 475-5300 ext. 206

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