Benton C Bainbridge’s light drawing series, Ululu Takete, emanates from an analog video source: an antique Vectrex game console, modified to accept signals from small modular synthesizers. Bainbridge’s sound and light object, Lisa Joy, generates calligraphic drawings from synthesizer control signals.
The Eurorack synths generate dynamically evolving oscillations from the interconnected modules. The voltages generated by this analog system are patched into the horizontal, vertical and brightness inputs of the vector display screen. Together, the synth and CRT form an instrument for generating electronic calligraphy. These instruments are manipulated in realtime by Bainbridge to shape oscillating voltages into squiggly lines, sinuous shapes and jagged abstractions along with their synchronous sounds, by turns raw or soothing.
Currently, several works from the ongoing Ululu Takete series are on exhibit in The Artist Shop, a group show of AIR artists at Andrew Freedman Home. Five signed, unique prints are available as well as a new moving image media artwork, Ululu Takete 4, 2017.
The Artist Shop is at 900 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY, 10451 through December 23rd, every day from noon to 7 PM. Take the 4 or D train to Yankee Stadium and walk up 161st to the corner across from the Courthouse.
Bainbridge has also released Ululu Takete 1, a series of prints made from the first of these works available exclusively through Saatchi Online:
Ululu Takete 1 (a)
Ululu Takete 1 (b)
Ululu Takete 1 (c)
Ululu Takete 1 (d)
Ululu Takete 1 (e)
In Fall, 2017, Bainbridge premiered a series of single channel works from the Ululu Takete series at SVA Flatiron Gallery in the Electric Encounters group show. These works are available through Saatchi Online.