SEDIMENT is pleased to host an event for the Overcoming Crit Series
Featuring a lecture by Taylor Aldridge and a performance by Reid Good
Saturday, March 31, 1pm-3pm
Overcoming Crit is a series of conversations, lectures, and performances, to help those who feel marginalized by the critiquing process navigate it in a way that they feel empowered and connected. It is an exploration into the ways students can grow through the critique and help instructors become their allies through a series of guides and toolkits. Overcoming Crit is a project sponsored by the Practicing Inclusion Grant from the VCUarts Diversity, Inclusion and Equity office.
SEDIMENT Events Presents:
Secret Drum Band
Sunday, April 1st
Doors at 7:30pm
8pm: Intersections of Art and Ecology artist talk with Lisa Schonberg
8:30pm: Live Performances
$5-$10 sliding scale donation to support touring musicians
Secret Drum Band’s debut album, Dynamics (XRAY Records, August 2017), sees composers Lisa Schonberg, Allan Wilson, and Heather Treadway delving headway into creating living, breathing soundscapes, rich in rhythmic textures. Driven by five drummers, each song also employs an array of affected vocals, guitar, and synthesizers from noise musicians, often mimicking sounds found in nature.
Stylistically, Secret Drum Band pull from a unique vantage point, drawing allusions from Liquid Liquid, The Creatures, and Crash Worship, as well as the composers’ previous groups Explode Into Colors and !!! (chk chk chk). Dynamics is a vibrant work of serious intent, expertly rendered with a playfully exuberant spark. The album’s eight tracks were written in response to locations in the Mojave Desert, logging sites in Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon, and Hawai’i, where Schonberg’s entomology work has helped the native Hylaeus bees attain endangered species status. "Kīpukapuaulu’s" vibrant polyrhythmic cadences insinuate an endless vortex of bird calls, while the cacophonous tension of "Jazz (Timber Sale)" simultaneously evokes the complexity of the forest flora and the anxiety of approaching logging trucks. “For us, music is the most publicly effective (and personally healing) vehicle to make statements about environmental issues,” adds Schonberg.
Secret Drum Band’s live performances are transportive, an opportune meditation on the relationships between humans, ecology and music. All pieces are carefully scored by Schonberg and Wilson, allowing each musician to realize the complex and intricate arrangements in a live setting. Dynamics aptly captures this concentrated effort, allowing sharp details to roar within the thunder of the drums.
Reception on Friday, March 2nd from 6-9pm
Exhibition runs through Sunday, March 25th
Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1-6pm
Marco Polo describes a bridge, stone by stone.
“But which is the stone that supports the bridge?” Kublai Khan asks.
“The bridge is not supported by one stone or another,” Marco answers, “but by the line of the arch that they form.”
Kublai Khan remains silent, reflecting. Then he adds: “Why do you speak to me of the stones? It is only the arch that matters to me.”
Polo answers: “Without stones there is no arch.”
→ Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
www.lauren-thorson.com • www.studio-set.com
Lauren Thorson is a designer who practices between teaching, studio(personal) and Studio-Set (commission). Her practice reflects a set of seemingly disparate concerns: an interest in precision and process on the one hand, juxtaposed with intervening steps and the beauty of chance; a focus on the permanence of printing and building material, counterposed with the subversion of it’s material labour. In 2013, Lauren was named one of The Walker Art Center’s “Ten Artists to Watch.” Since then she has exhibited, published, lectured, and worked as a designer both nationally and internationally. She has been active with IEEE Visualization Arts Program, VISAP since 2011 in a variety of roles ranging from exhibitor (Providence, RI  ), Co-Chair (Seattle, WA , Atlanta, GA  ), Design Chair (Paris, France  ) and currently Program Committee member (Chicago, IL , Baltimore, MD , Pheonix, AZ , Berlin, GER ).
Lauren received both a BA in Communication Studies and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Iowa in 2008 and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2012. She began her Phd at the University of Minnesota in 2012 researching with the Scientific Interactive Visualization Lab within the School of Computer Science, but since has taken a leave of absence to teach full time. Lauren was Designer-In-Residence from 2014-17 at Virginia Commonwealth University, recently moving into Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design Department.