Thursday, July 1, 2010

Land of Decay Related: NEGATIVE ALTARS: Terence Hannum @ Peregrine Program

Please join us for LOCRIAN member Terence Hannum's solo exhibition.

July 16th through July 31st 2010
OPENING: July 16th, 2010 - 6-8pm
Peregrine Program | 500 W Cermak Rd #727 | Chicago, IL 60616

Our dark ages. A spectral gathering of amplifiers. The ghostly smear of hair in mid-headbang. A charred chapel, blasted out windows, candles burn in some arcane rite and a bonfire menaces in the distance. What are we in? A concert gone wrong? A cult ceremony, the apocalypse?

For the past few years, Terence Hannum's oneiric gouache drawings have culled the periphery of heavy metal subculture and amplifier worship to analyze the nexus of music, myth and ritual. In ‘Negative Altars’ the drawings are combined in triptychs, arrangements that position them akin to medieval narrative devices. In many of the pieces, the focus falls upon a shrine composed of (mostly) vintage amplifiers from an era where maximum volume was the aim, and that has only enhanced these monoliths' collectibility and further fetishization. Echoing the obsolescent amplifiers and speaker cabinets incorporated in the drawings, Hannum has made a wall and floor installation using analog magnetic tape and a reel-to-reel tape player. Containing a loop of voices and acting as a functional frame for a drawing, this piece is the formal invocation of the unholy order the artist is conjuring with this show.

Welcome to his blossoming cult.