As part of Rachel Mason’s ongoing and collaborative work, It All Started Right Here, violist and video artist Mark Golamco will perform live scores for a number of his works from Viola/Voice, a multidisciplinary project combining original compositions for viola, performance, and video art. Mark’s performance will be framed by a projection of the It All Started Right Here set on view at CSAA. His performance will also be livestreamed back to the set in CSAA’s gallery.
[Oct 16] Rachel Mason: It All Started Right Here
Rachel Mason, Mark Golamco
Wednesday 16 October, 7 – 9pm
Harvestworks – www.harvestworks.org
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker
As part of Rachel Mason’s ongoing and collaborative work, It All Started Right Here, violist and video artist Mark Golamco will perform live scores for a number of his works from Viola/Voice, a multidisciplinary project combining original compositions for viola, performance, and video art. Mark’s original compositions for viola and voice utilize imagery of vast separation as a way of emphasizing the intimacy of romantic longing and the desire to connect. Mark’s live performance at Harvestworks will be framed by a projection of the It. All Started Right Here set currently on view at CSAA in Silent Barn. His performance will also be livestreamed back to the set in Bushwick where it will be on view for Silent Barn’s audience who enter through CSAA’s gallery.
It All Started Right Here is an endeavor to collaborate with individuals across time, across the globe, across phases of life. Within this visual parallel-environment Mark will perform a live score of music to his own videos as well as those of Mason and other collaborators from near and far including the ancient storytelling of Amy Harlib.
Combining solid harmonies that traverse through passages of romantic lyrics, Golamco’s compositions are mesmerizing and haunting. Employing imagery of castaways, criminals, and folk heroes Viola/Voice speaks to the lingering isolation of growing up gay and foreign-born in a largely homogeneous American landscape. Accompanying the songs are diaristic videos, handmade props, studio objects, and immersive lighting, creating layered insights that transport viewers into the artist’s bittersweet experiences.
Mark Golamco is a musician and interdisciplinary artist who uses songs and visuals to connect and comment on different aspects of his background. Trained as a classical musician, he studied the viola at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and UCLA. Not satisfied with the role of a classical performer, He went on to experiment with interdisciplinary and cross-genre compositions. He found freedom in the art context to invest classical music techniques, folk and contemporary idioms with personal content and forms of performance art and video. As an out gay man and a first generation immigrant, his music often describes romantic longing and social displacement. Golamco has performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University, Providence, RI, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY, and the Redcat Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.
Rachel Mason has exhibited work and performed at venues and institutions including Whitney Museum, Queens Museum, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, James Gallery at CUNY, Sculpture Center, Hessel Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Zurich, The New Museum, Park Avenue Armory, Galapagos, Dixon Place, and Empac Center for Performance, among other venues. Reviews include New York Times, Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, and Artforum. Mason is currently represented by envoy enterprises. This project was supported in part through the Harvestworks Artist In Residence Program.
It All Started Right Here youtube playlist