CONWAY, Ark. (July 10, 2014) – Hendrix College alumnus Ryan
Gaston will present a multimedia art installation based on his original music
composition "A Dream Retrieval Ritual" next month at Hearne Fine Art
in Little Rock.
Gaston, a 2012 Hendrix graduate who majored in music
composition, will attend California Institute for the Arts this fall.
piece is about coping with the potential risks of following the creative
impulse and learning to determine whether that impulse is leading one to a
healthy resolution or to an unhealthy obsession,” said Gaston. “It's a
meditation on the balance between creativity and mental health.”
piece premiered at Hendrix in 2012 and was performed at the 2012 Conway
Composers Guild Concert.
approached friends in the local arts scene about assembling a larger-scale
version of the piece. The piece is now a 25 minute fixed media recording in 5.1
channels, a 40-minute film (with a fantastic, gorgeously written script), an
interactive computer program and a found-object sculpture.
had great luck with finding musicians who were interested in contributing to
the project,” he said.
the contributors are members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Foliage, a
jazz fusion band; Seamless, a progressive rock band; Hot Cognition (another
progressive rock band); and singer/songwriter Emma Branch.
all have approached the project with a real sense of adventure and enthusiasm,”
final audio product is “somewhere between Erik Satie, Charles Ives, Gyorgy
Ligeti, Edgard Varese, John Cage's tape experiments, Aphex Twin, Autechre, and
something else I can't quite place.
and friends have assembled a Kickstarter page that contains a more
direct explanation of how the finished product works.
pulled several of our own personal networks together from all across the
country to get this assembled, and we hope that the final product will have an
impact that spreads well beyond its Arkansan roots. We want to be able to take this to other
performance venues, galleries, and universities so that we can share this idea
with as many people as is possible. We think it's genuinely unique and has the
capacity to really move people and to make them think.
more information, visit www.facebook.com/dreamretrieval.
1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences
education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the
country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix
is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools
That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's
list of America's Top Colleges, and
the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist
Church since 1884. For
more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.