We are pleased to announce the publication of a series of four prints with American composer, performer, visual, video, and installation artist Charlemagne Palestine. A contemporary of Simone Forti, Barbara T. Smith, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Phill Niblock, and Steve Reich, Palestine has invented intense, ritualistic music since the sixties, performing his compositions in environments he constructs to instill new expectations of beauty and meaning in how an audience experience’s sound.
In a performance style shaman-like and ritualistic, Palestine begins every performance playing crystal glasses filled with cognac and is best known for performing solo-piano opuses in spaces he transforms using emblematic objects – famously, teddy bears and plush anima en masse – icons which he regards as talismanic representations of the soul. The four new publications in the series depict composite and single installation images taken from Palestine’s recent Los Angeles exhibition at 356 S. Mission Road: ‘CCORNUUOORPHANOSSCCOPIAEE AANORPHANSSHHORNOFFPLENTYYY‘
Funded in part by the Mike Kelley Foundation, this exhibition comprised at least 18,000 individual stuffed animals, a Bösendorfer piano, seven tv monitors, disco balls, and countless sounds. The exhibition marks Palestine’s largest and most ambitious installation to date, filling the gallery at 356 S. Mission Road for it’s final exhibition before the space closed it’s doors earlier this year.
Born in Brooklyn and originally trained to be a cantor in synagogue, Palestine has always functioned as both composer and performer. His earliest pieces were compositions for carillon, voice, and electronic drones, and received early and international renown for his piano works entitled Strummings. In recent years he has collaborated with many performers/musicians around the world, one of several alongside his long-time friend and collaborator, Simone Forti, at the Musee du Louvre. Other selected collaborations include performances with: Rhys Chatham, Z’ev, Oren Ambarchi, Perlonex, the late Mika Vaino, Gol, Mondkopf, and Grumbling Fu, among countless others. Since 1999 Charlemagne resides in Brussels, Belgium.