Yann Novak

Yann Novak creates sound-powered moods using mostly white space. He plays with blank sonic surfaces, and makes much use of quiet. Contemplating his recent move from Seattle to Los Angeles in Relocation. Dislocation, Novak fills a white screen with subtly morphing shapes and colors—pinks and blues and yellows on white—set to a soundtrack of near white noise. It’s a meditation on emptiness, both in what we can (barely) see and hear. Three images of the artist’s new L.A. loft provide the source imagery for the video, while the sound is a 45-minute ambient loop from the same venue. The visuals offer organic blips and straight lines, bubbling up and sinking back into whiteness. Meanwhile, the hushed sound operates on its own schedule. There is a disconnect here, as anyone experiences when moving to a new home: It’s never quite the clean beginning you want. (Closed Sun./Mon.) ADRIANA GRANT

May 20-June 16, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 2009

 
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