Sounding Room is a meeting place for sound, object, and gesture to form a multi layered experience for the viewer. It is a collaborative project conceived both as an environment of sculptural works that produce sound and a series of performances that activate the objects within a traditional art exhibition format. Sounding Room brings a multitude of artists that find points of intersection amongst their practices in a series of curated events.
Felecia Chizuko Carlisle and Valerie George, the organizers and co-founders of the project are building a body of work as well as a language of art that is innovative and transdisciplinary. Their aim is to produce an ongoing series of these exhibitions, inviting more and more artists to collaborate and improvise.
Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, a native Floridian, has lived and worked in Miami, FL since 2009. She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute New Genres department in 2006. She is an artist and educator. She works across performance, installation, sound, sculpture, photography, video within a wide variety of contexts including nightclubs, gardens, bathrooms, empty lots and fire stations; as well as, museums, commercial galleries and non-profit art spaces. Recent exhibitions include USF Contemporary Art Museum(Tampa, FL), Locust Projects(Miami,FL) Vizcaya Museum and Gardens(Miami,FL) Riverside Art Center(Chicago,IL) and Fountainhead Residency(Miami,FL). She is represented by Emerson Dorsch where she has had two solo exhibitions. In 2015, she was awarded a Wavemaker Grant via Andy Warhol Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, and a commission from Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places. In 2016, she was awarded a scholarship and residency at Santa Fe Art Institute and co-produced LOT, an experimental gathering of artists, thinkers and leaders in an empty urban parcel in Miami. www.feleciacarlisleart.com
Each event will be recorded for the Nam June Psyche Archive, a project Valerie George began in 2010 to document experimental sound projects across the country. She received her MFA from University of California, Davis and is the Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of West Florida and Arts Editor of Panhandler Magazine: A Journal of Art and Literature. She is an artist who uses expanded media to explore historical, theoretical, natural, environmental, sonic, social, and cultural phenomena. Her work is often site responsive, generating archival documents in addition to art objects. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has been invited to participate in several national fine art festivals and events. She was a Visiting Artist & Lecturer at the Hangar Residency (Barcelona, Spain) and at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA). Most recently, she was awarded the Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Everglades National Park (AIRIE) for May of 2016, and the Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives Artists Residency (BigCi) in Australia for May of 2017.