Los Angeles

Stephen Vitiello


An acoustic aviary of electronic squawks, chirps, and beating wings. A choir of insects signaling polyphonically in the dark. The clicking of frogs. Suction slaps. Aerosol sprays. Sustained static drones periodically spliced by jarring pops. These sounds circulated in and among the three collaborative works in Stephen Vitiello’s exhibition “Duets.” Charged with the conversational dynamics of exchange, each “duet” pairs Vitiello’s multichannel sonic creations with a visual artist’s work. Crazy Wall Thing, 2005, for example, is a playful, if expendable, collaboration with Tony Oursler in which twenty-five circular speakers, measuring three inches across and customized with finger-painted faces, peppered a small portion of one wall. Each speaker has wires dropping down—like string from a balloon—many of them connected to audio equipment playing a continuous loop of whizzing tones, gentle

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