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Sam King to Perform ‘Untight’ February 22 at Hendrix College

Guitar-based audio project free and open to all, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Ellis Hall

Untitled by Sam King
Oil on linen and canvas
30” x 24”

Untitled, Sam King, 2021. Oil on linen and canvas, 30” x 24”

CONWAY, Arkansas (February 19, 2024)—Hendrix College welcomes artist Sam King to campus this week for class visits, discussions with faculty and students, and a live performance and artist talk in historic Ellis Hall (building 20 on the current campus map). The performance and talk, set for Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 6 to 8 p.m, is free and open to all.

King’s guitar-based audio project Untight comes to Hendrix as a companion to the visual art in his exhibition Useful Friction, which was installed in Ellis Hall in September and will remain through the current academic year. It will be on view for those attending the February 22 performance and talk.

“Untight” is an improvisation-driven sound art project created and performed by King, an Arkansas-based artist and musician. King combines a microtonal electric guitar with a digital effects array to create compelling, immersive listening experiences, accompanied in live settings by projections or other visual elements.

Steel Center Director and Professor of Philosophy Dr. Jamie Dow is the curator of this exhibit and performance.

“Sam King’s paintings from Useful Friction will be featured this week in my Aesthetics and Contemporary Art class,” Dow said. “King helped curate the art theory readings we’re discussing this week in the course. We’re looking forward to the performance, the artist talk, and to the conversations that develop about relationships between expressions in ambient music and abstract painting.”

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