Beneath the Willow Tree ~ Jax Deluca in Kuala Lumpur
Herbal & KLPac present
Switch ON ~ monthly electronic arts
Jax Deluca (USA)
Sound & Video Performance
+ Local special guests
/ Azzief khaliq
/ Joe Liew
/ Siew Wai
3rd (Fri) June 2011,
Entrance by Donation
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Beneath the Willow Tree is a ethereal audio/visual project that consists of dreamlike imagery and abstract hand-painted 16mm film combined with vocal and electronically processed sounds, performed live by artist/musician, Jax Deluca. This melancholic performance acts out a symbolic interpretation of the Willow Tree, which represents healing, inner visions, and dreams - a mediation of darkness and light, fabricated with elements of natural and synthetic mediums.
Jax Deluca (b. 1982) is an artist who lives in Buffalo, NY. Her artwork takes on various forms, from stark gallery and public installations, to abstract video, film, painting and costumed public performance. She teaches workshops in strategic sound-making and is the Director of Programming at Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources.
Formal studies at the Division of Expanded Media at Alfred University culminated in The Aesthetics of Video and Sound, a self-directed major that combines music theory, religious and ethnographic studies, communications and experimental media making. Deriving concepts from the Johari Window model, recent works require audience participation to encourage a heightened sense of self-awareness and seek answers using methods of chance and contemplation. Sound performance work has varied from expressive improvisation to digitally composed, making use of vocal toning, handcrafted instruments, guitar, piano, and found objects ranging in the genres of classical, avant-garde, new folk, free improvisation, and immersive noise. Current projects include immersive drones under the name of Communication Vault and live vocal and electronic sound processing with W ((aa)) ou w, a free improvisational group.
Jax has performed at Big Orbit’s Soundlab, Kitchen Distribution, Nobody’s Art Center, Alfred University, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Rochester Contemporary, Buffalo Arts Studio, A/V Space Rochester, Music is Art Festival, The Ingenuity Festival, Infringement Festival, The Project Lodge (Madison, WI), and many DIY performance spaces across the United States. Her various musical configurations have performed alongside acts such as Jackie O’ Motherfucker, Sir Richard Bishop, Six Organs of Admittance, Elvis Perkins, Steve Baczkowski, Okervill River, Wharton Tier’s Ensemble, Parts and Labor, and Jana Hunter.
She is a strong advocate of independent artists and has been featured in The Buffalo News, Buffalo Spree, Buffalo Rising, Block Club Regional Publication, The Artery, and WBFO 88.7 Buffalo. From 2002-2004, her award-winning college radio show 'Corporate Screws' showcased independent music artists and featured special guest performances that were recorded and distributed in limited edition packages. In 2004, she moved to Buffalo, NY and opened Arte Brutale, an avant-garde music, art and performance space that showcased regional artists and touring musical acts on a shoestring budget. She continues to support the local Buffalo art and music scene and actively curates media arts programming for Squeaky Wheel and Beyond/In Western New York 2010, a regional biennial exhibition in conjunction with The Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Her work has been exhibited and presented internationally, including CEPA Gallery (2010), The Richmond Center Atrium Gallery at Western Michigan University (2009), ArtSpace Buffalo (2009), Smackmellon (2008), Burchfield-Penney Art Center for the Beyond/In Western NY Biennial (2007), Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (2006), Visual Studies Workshop Rochester (2006) ,Squeaky Wheel (2005), Division of Expanded Media at Alfred University (2004), The Science and Art International Digital Art Exhibition in Shanghai, China (2003), and in various film festivals in Europe and Asia. She has received a NYFA SOS Award Grant (2008), NYFA MARK program recipient (2008), and held residencies at Squeaky Wheel and The Experimental Television Center.