Austin Young, whose work has shown at LACMA, LACE, the Hammer Museum, the Stephen Cohen Gallery and countless other spaces and places in and around the avant California scene, is bristling with excitement about his latest project Tranimal…Young’s new endeavor – a collaboration with Squeaky Blonde and Fade-Dra, is infused with the artist’s high voltage underground creative energy. Tranimal is a big and bold project. It incorporates video, photography, and interactive sound design. And its taking performance art to an operatic level.
I spoke with the Austin one morning, just after a night of performance at the Machine Project and he told me about his creative partners. Participants are put through an assembly line where Squeaky Blonde, Fade-Dra , Young costume them, make-them up and turn them into a cast of glamorous, genderless creatures. Mark Allen, director of Machine Project, makes light sensitive circuitry boards that are sewn into theor costumes. The boards have knobs that the performers use to change the sound frequencies, creating musical score with light and movement. Juliana Snapper, an opera singer and performance artist, guides the players to find the vocal expression of their new identities. The particpant-performers become collaborators in a musical performance. Then Young shoots formal portraits and video of the end result. Here is a sneak peak of his work.
Words Phil Tarley
Images Courtesy Austin Young
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