Artist Workshop with Yasmina Chavez – August 17 11:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Spring Mountains Visitors Center
Yasmina Chavez invites the public to draw and sculpt with sounds.This project will ask participants to investigate the visual aspects of sound by eliminating sight. The project aims to heighten the sense of sound and create visible versions of audio experience in nature through drawing and sculpting.
What to bring:
- Sunscreen with UV protection.
- Work Gloves
- A wide brimmed hat.
- Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers.
- a lunch.
- A folding Chair.
- A jacket and umbrella.
Drawing and Sculpting Sound
This project will ask participants to investigate the visual aspects of sound by eliminating sight. There are two parts to the project. The first is drawing sound and the second sculpting it. The participants will wear a blindfold made of white material to obscure vision but not eliminate light with the purpose of creating a placid environment and not evoke fear. This will heighten their sense of sound by eliminating any visual distractions. They will then be asked to interpret what they hear and create a visible version of it through drawing and sculpting.
During the drawing and sculpting sessions the participant will get two sound experiences to interpret. One will come from an album of my choice and the other will be the surrounding sound (natureʼs album).
For the drawing session, each participant will get a white t-shirt. They will interpret the album I play for them on the front of the t-shirt and natureʼs album on the back using a sharpie and pen. They will be asked to use hand movement to make marks as if the sound was wind and it was moving their hand around. The front of this t-shirt symbolizes our focus on the synthetic and the back symbolize the ever present nature that we sometimes loose sight of.
For the sculpting session, each participant will get two mounds of clay, one for each sound experience. They will be asked to use their hands as their interpretive tools and create a structure using strength and pressure. They will then be asked to find objects from their surroundings (sticks, rocks, leaves, etc.) and use these objects to physically link them together.
This project is an investigation of our awareness on the synthetic vs. the natural. They are opposing sides but together make a whole. Each side is represented in the resulted works.
Yasmina Chavez is a long time Nevada resident. She was raised in Elko, NV and has lived and worked in Las Vegas, NV for the past nine years. She graduated from UNLV in 2011 with a BFA in photography and is currently working for Greenspun Media Group as a photo coordinator for the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Weekly and Vegas Inc. As an artist, Chavez primarily works in photography, video and performance. Together with three other local artist she co-founded of 5th Wall Gallery in the Fall of 2011, but has since left to focus on her own work. While at 5th Wall Gallery, Chavez curated “Deserting Las Vegas,” a road opera by Geneva based performance group Eternal Tour and “China in Box” a musical art performance by the local Las Vegas band China. She also co-curated shows like “Sonic Trichromacy,” a sound installation by Daniel Steffey, “I&I” an interactive installation by Luis Brennan and “Tangents”, a sculptural photography show by Fred Mitchell. She’s had two solo shows at Counterspace Gallery: “They Used To Be Animals” in 2013 and “Stranger Bond” in 2012. In the summer of 2012, she participated in a collaboration performance piece, “Okonomiyaki,” with Brent Holmes for the Las Vegas satellite show of the “London Biennale” held at VAST Gallery. Her first short film “Patty Cake” premiered at the 2012 Spring Flicks festival and her video, “Shut Your Mouth” was selected for the Claes Oldenburg 30th Anniversary juried exhibition show of his “Flashlight” sculpture at Donna Beam Gallery in 2011.