Raven Chacon: Report

Raven Chacon (Diné)

Exhibition Premiere

Presented by:

YYZ Artist’s Outlet
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 140
September 16–December 2, 2017
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm


Artist Talk: 8:00pm, as part of Art Crawl

The works in Report consider the outmost boundaries of an important parameter of sound: dynamics and volume. The loudness of nature and of unorthodox instruments contrast against a landscape of silence, sometimes explained in a score of text, music notation or other pictographic depictions. Three places in the American Southwest, chosen for their quietness, are presented as field recordings, amplified to their maximum volume. While seemingly reduced to noise, the recordings reveal individual colours of the essence of each location. Report is a musical composition scored for an ensemble playing various calibre firearms. The sonic potential of revolvers, handguns, rifles and shotguns are utilized in a tuned cacophony of percussive blasts interspersed with voids of timed silence. In the piece, guns – instruments of violence, justice, defense, and power – are transformed into mechanisms for musical resistance.

Raven Chacon works across a variety of mediums, including installation, performance, video and recording. He is a composer of chamber music, a performer of experimental noise music and an installation artist. He performs regularly as a solo artist as well as with numerous ensembles, and is also a member of Postcommodity, an acclaimed arts collective who created one of the VR works as part of imagineNATIVE’s 2167 project. Raven has presented his work in different contexts, including at festivals and galleries such as imagineNATIVE, La Biennale di Venezia – Biennale Musica, Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, 18th Biennale of Sydney and the Kennedy Center, among other traditional and non-traditional venues. His work with Postcommodity recently exhibited at the 2017 Whitney Biennial and documenta 14. Chacon currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.