On April 7, 2021, de Young Museum’s Virtual Wednesdays is pleased to present Rue Bainbridge: Wintering, a sound and light drawing performance and discussion with Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge.
In the throes of winter 2021, Rue Bainbridge met in person to work together for the first time since their pre-pandemic performance at Roulette Intermedium; a one-year-to-the-day hiatus. The artists occupied an abandoned restaurant in Tribeca, NYC. A lack of heat forced the artists to work in the mechanical room, caked with dust and rattled by street traffic overhead. In preparation for broadcast, Rue Bainbridge divided the space with a large scrim and installed a bespoke feedback system. Cathode-ray tubes—doubling as furniture—showed live feeds of the artists playing their modified instruments while bathing in sound and light.
About Rue Bainbridge
Rue Bainbridge, the media art duo comprised of Gryphon Rue and Benton C Bainbridge, explores the intersection of expanded cinema with experimental music in relation to specific sites and audiences. Their work can be viewed as a live conversation between a sound artist and video artist. The project has been supported with residencies at spaces in transition: an Italianate palazzo that housed formerly wealthy seniors, an 18th century hotel favored by rock stars, and an officer’s house on a former military island. Rue Bainbridge have been presented by Foreign Domestic, Center for Visual Music, Public Works Department at Governor’s Island, and Hauser & Wirth L.A. Projects are realized as immersive audiovisual performances in custom installations, and yield single channel artworks with decentralized provenance.
Gryphon Rue (saw, vocals, percussion, FX) is a sound experimentalist, composer-performer, and curator in the field of audiovisual culture.
Benton C Bainbridge (Lisa Joy video synthesizer) is a media artist working with custom digital, analog, and optical systems of his own design.
Rue Bainbridge video artworks are distributed by The Film-Makers’ Cooperative Awards 2019. Rue Bainbridge is the inaugural recipient of the Nam June Paik and Shigeko Kubota Video Art prize Performance-Installations 2020. Roulette Mixology Festival (New York) 2019. Pace Gallery (New York), The Hepworth Wakefield (Wakefield, England), Hauser & Wirth (Los Angeles) 2018. Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation (New York), Averard Hotel (London), SET (London) 2017. Public Works at Governor’s Island (New York), Andrew Freedman Home (New York), HOLO (New York), Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum (New York) Network Performances / Screenings 2021. de Young Virtual Wednesdays (San Francisco / online) 2020. Vector Hack Festival (Rijeka, Croatia / online) 2020. New Media Art & Sound Summit with Experimental Sound Studio (Austin / Chicago / online) 2018. Center for Visual Music (Sonoma State University) Residencies 2019. CultureHub (New York) 2018. PublicWorks at Governors Island (New York) 2017-2020. Andrew Freedman Home (Bronx) Bibliography Holzer, Derek. Vector Synthesis: a Media Archaeological Investigation into Sound-Modulated Light, 65. Helsinki: Macumbista, 2019.
Rue Bainbridge: Wintering
Gryphon Rue- voice, saw, synths, pedal Benton C Bainbridge- Lisa Joy (light drawings) Assistance: Fiona Kane, Nate Bracamontes Thanks: Holton Rower, Alexander S.C. Rower, Jose Esquinea, Paul Caro, Max Nova, Andrew Freedman Home