Josiah McElheny Dusty Groove

Oct. 24, 2014 - Dec. 6, 2014

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Josiah McElheny

Black Cloud Chamber

2014

Handblown and polished glass, Sumi inked clear pine, rope, felt, hardware

71 x 68 x 45 inches (180.34 x 172.72 x 114.3 cm)

Josiah McElheny

Black Cloud Chamber

2014

Handblown and polished glass, Sumi inked clear pine, rope, felt, hardware

71 x 68 x 45 inches (180.34 x 172.72 x 114.3 cm)

Josiah McElheny

Black Cloud Chamber

2014

Handblown and polished glass, Sumi inked clear pine, rope, felt, hardware

71 x 68 x 45 inches (180.34 x 172.72 x 114.3 cm)

Josiah McElheny

End of a Love Affair

2014

Handblown and polished glass, douglas fir, speakers, amplifier, industrial audio player,

electric wiring, cut and polished blue sheet glass, brass control knobs, felt, hardware

55 x 43 x 23 inches (139.7 x 109.2 x 58.42 cm)

Josiah McElheny

End of a Love Affair

2014

Handblown and polished glass, douglas fir, speakers, amplifier, industrial audio player,

electric wiring, cut and polished blue sheet glass, brass control knobs, felt, hardware

55 x 43 x 23 inches (139.7 x 109.2 x 58.42 cm)

Josiah McElheny

End of a Love Affair

2014

Handblown and polished glass, douglas fir, speakers, amplifier, industrial audio player,

electric wiring, cut and polished blue sheet glass, brass control knobs, felt, hardware

55 x 43 x 23 inches (139.7 x 109.2 x 58.42 cm)

Josiah McElheny

End of a Love Affair

2014

Handblown and polished glass, douglas fir, speakers, amplifier, industrial audio player,

electric wiring, cut and polished blue sheet glass, brass control knobs, felt, hardware

55 x 43 x 23 inches (139.7 x 109.2 x 58.42 cm)

Josiah McElheny

Imaginary Landscape No. 1

2014

Handblown and polished glass, sitka spruce, instrument gear motors, electric wiring, hardware

23 x 54 x 12 inches (58.42 x 137.16 x 30.48 cm)

Josiah McElheny

Imaginary Landscape No. 1

2014

Handblown and polished glass, sitka spruce, instrument gear motors, electric wiring, hardware

23 x 54 x 12 inches (58.42 x 137.16 x 30.48 cm)

Josiah McElheny

Imaginary Landscape No. 1

2014

Handblown and polished glass, sitka spruce, instrument gear motors, electric wiring, hardware

23 x 54 x 12 inches (58.42 x 137.16 x 30.48 cm)

Josiah McElheny

Color Time—Model One

2014

Handblown molded and polished glass, marine plywood, red oak, AC gear motor and inverter,

Variac control knob, electric lighting, electric wiring, sheet glass, mirror, hardware

32 1/2 x 24 x 29 inches (82.55 x 61 x 73.66 cm)

Josiah McElheny

Color Time—Model One

2014

Handblown molded and polished glass, marine plywood, red oak, AC gear motor and inverter,

Variac control knob, electric lighting, electric wiring, sheet glass, mirror, hardware

32 1/2 x 24 x 29 inches (82.55 x 61 x 73.66 cm)

Josiah McElheny

Color Time—Model One

2014

Handblown molded and polished glass, marine plywood, red oak, AC gear motor and inverter,

Variac control knob, electric lighting, electric wiring, sheet glass, mirror, hardware

32 1/2 x 24 x 29 inches (82.55 x 61 x 73.66 cm)

Josiah McElheny

Color Time—Model One

2014

Handblown molded and polished glass, marine plywood, red oak, AC gear motor and inverter,

Variac control knob, electric lighting, electric wiring, sheet glass, mirror, hardware

32 1/2 x 24 x 29 inches (82.55 x 61 x 73.66 cm)

Josiah McElheny

Sketch for a Patent (Bottle Loudspeaker)

2014

colored pencil on vellum

17 x 11 inches

Josiah McElheny

Score for a Continuous Composition I

2014

graphite on artist-made staff paper

11 x 17 inches

Josiah McElheny

Score for a Continuous Composition II

2014

graphite on artist-made staff paper

11 x 17 inches

Josiah McElheny

Color Time Signatures Green/black over Yellow

2014

graphite and colorfast ink on notebook graphing paper

11 x 8 1/5 inches

Josiah McElheny

Color Time Signatures Blue/black over Blue

2014

graphite and sumi ink on notebook graphing paper

11 x 8 1/5 inches

Josiah McElheny

Color Time Signatures Purple/black over Red

2014

graphite with sumi and colorfast ink on notebook graphing paper

11 x 8 1/5 inches

Josiah McElheny

Study for a Black Cloud Bell

2014

ink and graphite on archival polyester vellum

16 x 20 inches

Exhibition billboard, Ashland Avenue and Division Street, Chicago.

Exhibition billboard, Ashland Avenue and Division Street, Chicago.



Press Release

Opening Friday, October 24th, 5:00-8:00pm

Corbett vs. Dempsey is delighted to announce Dusty Groove , an exhibition of new work by Josiah McElheny.  In his first show with the gallery, McElheny unveils a group of sculptures, each one created as a specific portrait of a key 20 th century musical figure.  The show’s title pays homage to the record store on the first floor of the gallery’s building, and all the work in the exhibition was made specifically for and in dialogue with CvsD.

Dusty Groove presents four works concerned with two core ideas: kineticism and music.  Each of the sculptures was conceived and constructed as a portrait of a specific musical figure – renegade composers John Cage and Harry Partch, jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, and extraterrestrial bandleader Sun Ra – incorporating deep research on diverse aspects of their work into the final object.  McElheny was particularly interested in the question of motion, the fraught history of kinetic sculpture, and the way that movement – whether physical, sonic, or implied – shifts the perception of the object.  Of course, as always, his work is elegant and meticulously made, with hand-blown glass as a centerpiece.  McElheny pays assiduous attention to every detail and the results are spectacular, in this case carrying a bit of extra special funk.

A Chicago-based point of reference for McElheny was the craftsmanship and artistry of H.C. Westermann, whose influence is felt in the unpainted wood of the sculptures’ construction.  These sculptures continue the artist’s ongoing investigation of the secret history of modernism and his subtle subversion of conventional techniques of presentation – shelves, pedestals, vitrines – in artistic display. Two of the pieces feature rotating elements, one is a sound sculpture with a new kind of glass speaker assemblage that McElheny is in fact applying for a USPTO patent (also in the exhibition is a developmental sketch for his “jazz loudspeaker” patent application), and the final sculpture is still and silent but invites contemplation of the latent possibility of motion inherent in its construction.

The exhibition also presents seven related drawings on vellum, graph paper, engineering forms and custom music staff paper.  A full-color catalog with an essay by John Corbett and a bonus flexi-disc featuring recordings of John Cage and Sun Ra accompanies the show.

The phrase “Dusty Groove” is a registered trademark, and property of Dusty Holdings, LLC.  The exhibition title Josiah McElheny: Dusty Groove is used with express permission of the trademark holders and is not affiliated with the business Dusty Groove.