Fall 2017
Turn Table Drawings
By Jon Fischer and DANNY CLAY
“Observations indicate that things are always made of smaller things, leading to the unanswerable question: what is the smallest thing? A loop-like model of the universe may avoid this problem."
-S.J. Manetta 1905
Records
  • Fifty records | Urethane Resin and various materials | 120 x 50 inch installed | 2017
  • Dad Seven Inch Urethane Resin and Newsprint | 7" diameter | 2017
  • Oroville record| Hand molded LP of nine tracks cosine tones (2:00 each) | Urethane resin, aluminum, dye | 12" diameter | 2017
  • Sine wave record (close up).| Custom record consisting of 9 tracks of pure tones (2:00 each) | 12" diameter | 2016
  • Hand molded copy of The Jewel of the Nile. (Billy Ocean: 1985) | Cast Urethane Resin | 12 in record | 2016
  • Turntables with custom sine wave records, guitar tuners
  • Score for piano | screen print, pen, dowels, nylod cord | 24 x 60 inches
  • Score for piano (closeup) | Danny Clay and Jon Fischer|screen print, pen, dowels, nylod cord | 24 x 60 inches
  • Guitar score (left) and sine wave record transcription (right) | > Danny Clay and Jon Fischer
  • Guitar score (left) and sine wave record transcription (right) | > Danny Clay and Jon Fischer
  • Turntables with custom sine wave records, guitar tuners, piano, scrolled score | Danny Clay and Jon Fischer
  • Assortment of playable test records. | Danny Clay and Jon Fischer
  • Hand molded copy of The Jewel of the Nile. (Billy Ocean: 1985) | Cast Urethane Resin | 12 in record | 2016
  • Hand molded copy of The Jewel of the Nile. (Billy Ocean: 1985) | Cast Urethane Resin | 12 in record | 2016
Description: A loop-based composition for piano, guitar, custom made sine wave records, & three turntables. Designed to create an environment and be performed for an indefinite duration, it was first performed during my 2016 Open Studios visual art exhibition at The Pacific Felt Factory in San Francisco.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT:  This is the first phase of a project supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission to create three phonograph-like apparatuses that generate sounds from a collection of interchangeable, revolving sculptures based on geological landscapes of California. They will function as both (1) instruments played in a musical performance, and (2) works of public art that invite participation in a lobby, airport, or museum. A collaboration with San Francisco musician Danny Clay, the project will conclude with performances at the Center for New Music during the 2016-17 season. 
Danny Clay is a composer / sound artist / teaching artist / general noise-maker from Ohio, currently based in San Francisco. His work utilizes musical games, open forms, found objects, archival media, toy instruments, classroom collaborations, graphic notation, digital errata, cross-disciplinary research, and the everything-in-between. Recent collaborators include Kronos Quartet, Sarah Cahill, Phyllis Chen, Third Coast Percussion, Friction Quartet.
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Shows
Turntable Drawing no. 17
with Danny Clay, Frantz Lorio, Christian Kobe, Theresa Wong
Kala Art Institute
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
ONE NIGHT ONLY: Tuesday, October 10 | 7-9:30pm

Turntable Drawings is an ongoing collaboration between printmaker Jon Fischer and composer Danny Clay that combines installation, visual art, and a wide-ranging collection of forty handmade records. Part sculptural sketch, part sound prints, the records are imprinted with mathematical textures, original recorded material, or direct casts of existing LPs that include some of history’s earliest recorded sounds. This installation features the records played on turntables alongside live instrumental musicians. Other works in this series include elements of printmaking, interactive installation, film, and live performance.

For Turntable Drawing No. 17, Fisher and Clay will be joined by the Swiss-US collaboration of Frantz Lorio (viola), Christian Kobe (saxes) and Theresa Wong (cello, voice). The trio first came together in 2016, and quickly found a synergy in the focused exploration of acoustic sounds and the transformation of these sounds through amplification. Like a ‘microscope’ set to an image, they reveal the rich microcosm of their instruments through extended playing and mic techniques. Turntable Drawing No. 17 will culminate in an evening of music merging the sonic and visual in compositions and structured improvisations.

7pm: Visitors will be invited to play and examine a collection of handmade records and view video projections created by Fischer, Clay and Wong.

8pm: Artist introduction to the project and concert

This event is made possible in part by the support of Swissnex and ProHelvetia.

Zuni Cafe Fall Art Show
Curated by Heather Marx and Britta Campbell
Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

EXHIBITION: Through February 2018
"With Liberty and Justice for Some"

co-curated by
Monica Lundy & Walter Maciel

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday Sept 23, 6-8 PM
EXHIBITION: September 23 - October 8, 2017
free

This exhibition features portraits of immigrants to the United States by artists from Southern California and the Bay Area. Back when Donald Trump was still the President-elect, long before his executive order became a flashpoint for pro-immigrant rallies at airports across the nation, Lundy, like many in her artistic community, felt both helpless and determined to do something. In response to this need, Lundy and Maciel invited artists from across the country to make 8 x 8-inch portraits of individuals who came to the United States as immigrants including historic subjects, personal friends, relatives, strangers, and self-portraits. The exhibition launched in Los Angeles, then traveled to the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and will be exhibited at Berkeley Arts Center from September 23 to October 8, 2017.

Pacific Felt Factory Open Studios
2830 20th Street San Francisco, CA 94110 (Enter at 20th Street Gate)
PREVIEW NIGHT:
Friday Nov 10, 6-9 PM
EXHIBITION:
Sat Nov 11 11AM-6PM
Sun Nov 12 11AM-6PM
free
Part of ARTSPAN Open Studios Program
Four Barrel Coffee Fall Art Show
375 Valencia St.
San Francisco, Ca 94103
EXHIBITION: November 10 - December 13, 2017
Visual Works
Music
Turntable Drawing E.P
Danny Clay & Jon Fischer
Loop-based composition for piano, guitar, custom made sine wave records, & three turntable performed by Danny Clay and Jon Fischer. Four tracks recorded at The Pacific Felt Factory in San Francisco.
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