Stephen Vitiello

 

Stephen Vitiello

April 22, 2005 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Stephen Vitiello “Dolly Ascending” -- a sound installation April 22-27 Gallery 111, West Hall The Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to present a new soundart work by internationally renowned musician Stephen Vitiello. On Friday April 22 at noon, the department will host a reception at the opening of Vitiello’s sound installation “Dolly Ascending”. The installation will run through April 27 and is located in Gallery 111 of West Hall. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10AM to 4:30PM. According to Vitiello, “Dolly Ascending” is a multi-channel remix of Dolly Parton's lovely recording of “Stairway to Heaven”. Tracks are pulled and stretched towards a more choral/orchestral result. Little if any of the original sound remains while it pushes and pulls to fill its own new sound space. Vitiello created the work in the summer of 2004 as part of the iEAR Studios residency program in new sound work, a program which is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. “From exhibiting at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York to museums and galleries across Europe, Vitiello has emerged as a leader in the relatively new field of sound art, which treats sound as a material to be bent, molded, shaded, shaped and exhibited like traditional media such as canvas, metal or wood.” (Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA) Take a listen to samples of his work: www.stephenvitiello.com/index.php?id=C0_4_2 ABOUT THE ARTIST: Stephen Vitiello was recently cited as one of 25 "Movers Shakers and Makers" in ArtNews magazine. CD releases include "Bright and Dusty Things" featuring Pauline Oliveros (New Albion Records) and “Scanner/Vitiello" (Audiosphere/Sub-Rosa). Recent solo exhibitions of Vitiello's sound installations include The Project, NY and Galerie Almine Rech, Paris. Group exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial, “Ce qui arrive” curated by Paul Virilio at the Cartier Foundation, Paris and “Yanomami: Spirit of the Forest” also at Cartier. "Electronic musician and sound artist Stephen Vitiello transforms incidental atmospheric noises into mesmerizing soundscapes that alter our perception of the surrounding environment. He has composed music for independent films, experimental video projects and art installations, collaborating with artists such as Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler and Dara Birnbaum. In 1999 he was awarded a studio for six months on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center's Tower One, where he recorded the cracking noises of the building swaying under the stress of the winds following Hurricane Floyd. As an installation artist, he is particularly interested in the physical aspect of sound and its potential to define the form and atmosphere of a spatial environment." (Cartier Foundation, Paris) For more info: www.stephenvitiello.com
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