17 Cox is pleased to announce I’ve Just Begun to Tell You, with work from Randy Garber and Trimpin. The exhibition explores how we relate to sound both internally and externally. I’ve Just Begun to Tell You opens on Thursday, August 1st with a reading by writer Gerald Shea at 7pm. His book Song Without Words: Discovering my Deafness Halfway Through Life was called “Both a work of literary art and a manual for understanding the difficult world Shea inhabits” by the Boston Globe. A reception for Trimpin’s work will be on September 5th from 6 - 9pm
Randy Garber’s three part sound installation, I've Just Begun to Tell You, dissects and recomposes hundreds of piano player scrolls. Partly deaf since infancy, Garber cannot experience sounds on a normal spectrum. Her installation relates what it's like to live in a noise filled world that contains packets of silence. Garber describes the piano player scroll as a "near perfect material metaphor" for partial deafness, since the holes in a player piano scroll —the absence of the paper—indicate the presence of sound. Garber also recorded sounds from her travels on a cell phone, later compiling it into a four minute piece projected from inside the installation.
The artist known solely as Trimpin was born in Germany in 1921. In over 40 years as a kinetic sound artist Trimpin has created a gamelan suspended by magnets, a tower of 500+ stringed instruments that play and tune themselves, a six story microtonal xylophone, and a fire organ among other inventions. A Guggenheim Fellow and a MacArthur "Genius", Trimpin has recently exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum, Stanford and Cornish College of the Arts. Trimpin was the subject of the recent documentary by Peter Esmonde, call "Trimpin: The Sound of Invention". He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.