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Jimena Sarno: aeolian

November 4, 2022 November 20, 2022

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 4*, 6PM – 9PM

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun noon-6PM,

Mon – Tues by appointment

“I can make wind,” Gluskabe admitted shamefacedly, “but I can’t make it stay.”

Then God blew, so powerfully that Gluskabe fell down and lost all his hair.

Genesis Volume 1 (Memoria del Fuego) Eduardo Galeano 

Considering how sound travels, aeolian thinks through wind and breathing as manifestations of air as sound. The installation takes inspiration from the significance of wind in mythology. Taking its title from Aeolus – the keeper of the wind in Greek mythology and his gift of a calm wind as a ‘safe return home,’ – it reflects on power distribution, breath as lifeforce, and sovereignty. The installation brings together four hand-felted horn speakers pointing at the four directions. The four speakers play a composition with songs performed by vocal artists, from which only the breathing sounds of inspiration have been isolated. While the inspiring sounds appear to be pulling the air out of the space, the felted speakers absorb some of the sound vibrations, accentuating the senses both through the tactile process of making the work and its experience with the viewer’s breathing in the space.

Vocal artists:

Gemma Castro

Rosa Evangelina Beltrán

Maya Paredes

Molly Pease

Jimena Sarno is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. With a focus on spatial and sonic experience she works across a range of media including installation, sound, video, text and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at MASS MoCA, 18th Street Arts Center, LACE, Vincent Price Art Museum, Visitor Welcome Center, The Museum of Latin American Art, The Mistake Room, Human Resources and San Diego Art Institute, among others. A recipient of the 2021 California Arts Council Individual Fellowship, she is a 2019-2023 Lucas Artist Fellow in Visual Arts at Montalvo Art Center. She is Assistant Professor of Art at California State University Dominguez Hills.

Everything in Air

Human Resources LA presents Everything in Air, a series of public programs over the course of a year—new commissions, exhibitions, performances, and forums, often in hybrid combinations—using key concepts within artist and composer Maryanne Amacher’s work as points of departure. The series was supported by a Mike Kelley Foundation Grant.

Featured photo by Christopher Wormald


November 4, 2022
November 20, 2022
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