I found the acoustic/visual exhibits at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art this month somewhat baffling on both fronts. It took a lot of ingenuity for D.J. Jacob Mattie to assemble a real vinyl turntable that connects to video when the viewer puts the needle down on it and the mouse that lets visitors control the sound of the wind at the installation in the center gallery of Alaska’s Burtner clan (Garrett, Matthew and Jesse) is also technologically intriguing. Aesthetically, however, I saw little to engage either my curiosity or passion.
The work of Barcelona, Spain’s Oscar Offonoll ( or Oscar Font) on the north side space, however, seemed more comprehensible as art. Font has made structures of cubes against which he projects multiple geometric images accompanied by electronic music patterns. It’s easy to get hypnotized by it and they instilled in me a degree of calm, order and satisfaction. I’m not sure how long that would last. See more of his work at oscar.offonoll.com.
In the back gallery, Dallas Wildeve has some straightforward hanging art creatively composed of thread and paint on Tyvek.
The gallery, at 427 D St. is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays.
- Mike Dunham