Communication isn’t always, or even mostly, achieved by words and mouths. Plateaus of understanding are found when gestures project meaning through fingertips and form, translating what was dark into something less so. Language takes many shapes, some more stable than others. Similarly, silence bears equal significance to sound, with its effect, at times, deafening. This claim is substantiated in Colin Kaepernick’s kneel, Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ 1968 Olympic podium appearance, Tiananmen Square, and also every gap between every utterance. Absolute silence is also a state that many of us have never experienced but some hear indefinitely. And still further, may not exist at all.
Seed Space + Stove Works present Melt My Heart But Spare My Soul. This exhibition brings together seemingly divergent cultural producers exploring sound and noise, language and movement, bodies and structure, communication and collaboration, affective conveyance, and inaudible exchange: Alison O’Daniel, a Los Angeles-based sculptor and filmmaker, will be joined by artist and filmmaker, Greg Pond and his collaborator, dancer and artistic director, Banning Bouldin. Cesar Leal, a conductor and musician, working with vocalist, Jessica Usherwood have contributed to the aural anatomy of this multi-modal installation.
Alison O'Daniel (Los Angeles, CA)
Greg Pond (Sewanee, TN) and Banning Bouldin (Nashville, TN).
César Leal (Sewanee, TN) and Jessica Usherwood (Sewanee, TN)