Erik Pedersen and Haley Lauw (FSU Art MFA ’17 and ’15, respectively) recently crammed a car full of brass instruments and drove up to Wassaic, New York to complete a collaborative installation entitled “Junk Mouthpieces”.
The mixed media piece is housed in the seven-story grain elevator in Maxon Mills, an old-mill-turned-experimental-gallery-space at The Wassaic Project. It is comprised of second-hand brass instruments and cases, rope, lumber, hardware, a vintage stage light, screen printed repair tags, and looping audio of field recordings from the basement of Music Masters (Tallahassee, FL) and samples from Kermit Shafer’s “All Time Great Bloopers Volume 1” vinyl record.
“Junk Mouthpieces” will be on view for the duration of The Wassaic Project’s 2017 Summer Exhibition—collectively titled Vagabond Time Killers—from May 20 through September 23, 2017. The annual Summer Exhibition coincides with four different day-long festivals this year; with easy access via the Metro-North rail line, it draws large crowds from New York City annually. The Wassaic Project has been featured in such publications as Hyperallergic, ArtSlant, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.
As one of the recipients of the Exceptional Opportunity Award, Erik is endlessly grateful to the FSU Department of Art for helping to offset the considerable cost of both materials and travel associated with this project.
For more information about the Wassaic Project, please visit their website.