Sept. 18, 2018
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Robert Langen Art Gallery will hold an informal musical procession from the library to Waterloo Town Square on Wednesday, Sept. 19 as part of the opening reception of its newest exhibit, Crepuscule, by composer, improvisor and instrument-maker Douglas R. Ewart. The exhibition runs until Oct. 5.
Community members of all ages and abilities are encouraged to bring their own musical instruments (or objects that work like instruments, such as pot lids) to the march. The procession begins at 6:45 p.m. at the gallery, located in the Laurier Library on the university’s Waterloo campus. There will also be an opportunity to create shakers in the library makerspace. The Crepuscule exhibition showcases found objects that the artist has transformed into musical instruments, including crutches, skis, cake pans, etc.
“The transformation of common found objects into clever musical instruments allows for the discovery of the unknown,” said Suzanne Luke, curator of the Robert Langen Art Gallery. “As a musician, sculptor and educator, Ewart fosters the power of community improvisation through these interactive playable sculptural forms, allowing for a creative, open space for all.”
Ewart has led Crepuscule events in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Chicago, Paris and Guelph. He led his first procession in 1993.
“Through active participation and performance, we experience the spiritual, emotional and intellectual beauty of our communities and individual selves,” said Ewart in his artist statement. “I want the work to sustain open dialogue between people and to deepen community interactions over days, weeks, months and years.”
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Ewart is a renowned craftsman and has exhibited his bamboo flutes, rain sticks and sound sculptures internationally. He is also a saxophonist and wind player and has toured and recorded his own compositions, as well as appeared on albums with George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill, among others.
The Robert Langen Art Gallery (RLAG) is Wilfrid Laurier University’s visual arts centre. Exhibition programs and activities are connected to the university’s curriculum to foster creative thinking, exploration of ideas and community. For more information on the gallery and its programs, please contact Suzanne Luke, Curator, at 519-884-0710 ext. 3801.
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