June 10, 2016
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Artist Michael Parker has teamed up with Wesley Hicks to create a series of instruction-based scores to be performed live by 30+ musicians on physically and tonally unique ceramic instruments, handmade by the artistsin a variety of lustrous glazes and organic forms.
Parker’s noted exhibition Juicework at Human Resources last year included 1,000 ceramic sculptures presented as both functional citrus juicers, cups, platters, and hanging lights, in a multi-faceted participatory installation. Part of Juicework was the collapsing of Parker’s juicers and Hicks’ ocarinas, a type of ceramic flute, into a new microtonal instrument: the Juicerina.
The Juicerinaperformances have developed into an ongoing site-specific project, with presentations at the Pomona College Museum of Art’s “R.S.V.P. Los Angeles” and San Francisco’s Southern Exposure Gallery. Tracing connections to the Getty’s artworks and architecture while moving between galleries, liminal spaces, courtyards, and gardens, Parker and Hicks’ original scores will bring a new experience of sound and space into the far corners of the Getty site.