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GARY SETZER

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"SUPRALINGUAL/SUBLINGUAL: THE TONGUE IS THE TERRAIN"

Gary Setzer is an interdisciplinary artist. His performances, installations, objects, and videos have been exhibited and screened across the nation. He has toured his new performance work, Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain across the United States. With stops in New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Denver, New Orleans, and Austin (among others), he provided gallery audiences with what the Huffington Post called "a phenomenal hybrid of his own, integrating video, music and performance." Born and raised in Ohio, Setzer currently lives and works in Tucson, AZ where he is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Arizona.

50-WORD ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Integrating video, live music, and performance art, I metaphorically parallel the division between air and land with the division between language and its meaning. These works reveal both the poetry and gracelessness of straddling the language/meaning divide. This merger of process-oriented art and electro nu-wave music delivers a nerdy audiovisual spectacle that recalls Bruce Nauman and Joseph Beuys as much as it does Devo.

200-WORD ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain is an interdisciplinary work. Integrating video, live music, and performance art, I metaphorically parallel the division between air and land with the division between language and its meaning. The surface of the landscape is the literal seam between the atmosphere and geosphere; as such, it becomes host to a range of metaphoric activity revealing both the poetry and gracelessness of straddling the language/meaning divide. I posit myself here, merging electro nu-wave music and process-oriented performance art to deliver a nerdy audiovisual spectacle that recalls Bruce Nauman and Joseph Beuys as much as it does Devo.

I parallel art and music, both time-based fields of study, "piggy backing" performance art on top of music because of music's readily accessible nature. While my enthusiasm for both fields runs deep, I recognize the very real accessibility problems with performance art. By hybridizing the two approaches, I hope to inject a more palatable tempo into the repetitive action of performance—alleviating the "boredom" of performance and providing interest incentive to devotees from both circles. Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain seeks to sustain the critical conceptual depth of process-oriented work while simultaneously appealing to the open mind and bodily instinct people have for rhythm.

 

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Gary Setzer
SUPRALINGUAL/
SUBLINGUAL: THE TONGUE IS THE TERRAIN



 

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