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Lucy Raven

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Produced in conjunction with the exhibition Lucy Raven, this publication reflects on the artist’s commissioned works that inaugurate the new Dia Chelsea, New York, which opened in April 2021. Her installation of kinetic light sculptures, Casters X-2 + Casters X3 (2021), and immersive film installation Ready Mix (2021) address the formation and depiction of landscapes and civic spaces, particularly those in the western United States. The publication’s design, created in close consultation with the artist, is inspired by trade magazines Raven encountered during the production of these works. The inside cover, designed by the artist, features a collage of other forms of visual inspiration. Essays by Lucy R. Lippard, Alexis Lowry, and Raven contextualize the work and reflect on the fraught history and mythology of the Wild West. A conversation between the artist and the film’s sound designer Deantoni Parks delves into their collaborative working process. Mónica de la Torre contributed a hybrid poetry-prose work in response to the commission. A digital download of the soundtrack is also available for purchase below.

Publication Details

ISBN
780944521946
Publication date
2021
Format
Softcover
Pages
64 pages
Dimension
8 ½ x 10 3/4 inches
Publication credits
Edited by Sophia Larigakis and Alexis Lowry. Essays by Lucy R. Lippard, Alexis Lowry, and Lucy Raven; conversation with Deantoni Parks and Lucy Raven; creative contribution by Mónica de la Torre; preface by Jessica Morgan.

Remix Ready Mix (digital download)

Digital download for sale on bandcamp.

Forthcoming vinyl will be sold in bookshop.

 

This record is a series of cuts: component extractions from the admixture of sounds that compose the score of Ready Mix (2021). The film combines location sound recorded on-site at a concrete and gravel plant in central Idaho with composed audio. The record breaks apart that composite. It is a negative synthesis. Re-soloed, re-siloed, and remixed sounds, machine-made in Idaho, Indiana, and New York.

—Lucy Raven

Anchored by the natural sound of the film itself, the Ready Mix soundtrack harnesses a vast spectrum of auditory stimuli. The frequencies of the various machines used to mix and transport concrete depicted on-screen provide a subliminal sonic foundation. While leaving space for discovery, we blurred the lines between music composition and foley to help establish the topography of this auditory landscape. In an aerial shot, we replaced the sound of wind with a gentle, sustained sine wave. Heavy concert bass drums scale down to handheld percussion as the sediments are ground down and transported along assembly lines. The proximity of on-screen bodies to the camera dictates the decibel level: the tighter the shot, the louder the sound. I was also interested in liberating sound from linearity. I recorded sand moving around in my hand in real time, filtered it through a granular synthesizer, and then converted the audio into a format that allows me to manipulate the sound in the temporal order I prefer. Each moment in the original recording is set to a transient that can be recalled in a new order or arrangement. The elements of the soundtrack evolved along with the process of making the film. In redux form, new versions—which were still related, almost like a phantom limb—have been brought to fruition. The original soundtrack pieces are the matter, and the redux pieces act as antimatter.

—Deantoni Parks

Remix Ready Mix (2021)

Concept, original film, sound edit, and mix: Lucy Raven
Composer and sound mix: Deantoni Parks
Produced by Lucy Raven and Deantoni Parks © Lucy Raven and Dia Art Foundation
Tracks 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, and 17 by Deantoni Parks
Tracks 2, 4, and 14 by Lucy Raven
Tracks 1, 9, 16, and 18 by Deantoni Parks and Lucy Raven
Additional production on tracks 9 and 18 by Deantoni Parks
Album mix and editing: Randy Gibson
Mastering: Caio Carvalho
Original film audio mix on Tracks 1 and 16 by Dave Paterson

Images: Lucy Raven
Packaging design: Tiffany Malakooti
Production management: Randy Gibson and Alexis Lowry
Editor: Sophia Larigakis
Rights and reproductions: Mollie Bernstein

 

Ready Mix (2021)

Produced in conjunction with the exhibition Lucy Raven at Dia Chelsea, New York, which opened on April 14, 2021.

Directed and edited by Lucy Raven 
Composer: Deantoni Parks 
Aerial photography: Yancy Caldwell 
Principal photography and location sound recording: Spencer Cordovano/F11
Consulting editor: Mike Olenick 
Grip: Banwer Rigging and Grip 
Rerecording mixer: Dave Paterson 
Sound post: HARBOR 
Color correction/online edit: Ryan Jenkins 
Screen engineering and fabrication: MEER Precision and South Side Design & Building  
Video and lighting consultant: Glen Fogel

Lucy Raven is made possible by major support from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Significant support is provided by the Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation, the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation, and Dia’s Director’s Council: Fady Jameel, Susan and Larry Marx, Leslie and Mac McQuown, Alice and Tom Tisch, and Sara and Evan Williams. Generous support is also provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional support provided by the Cowles Charitable Trust, Jeffrey Deitch, Molly Gochman, Agnes Gund, Slobodan Randjelovic, Jamie and Robert Soros, and those who wish to remain anonymous.

© 2022 Lucy Raven and Dia Art Foundation

All artworks by Lucy Raven © Lucy Raven

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage and retrieval system, or otherwise, beyond that copying permitted by Sections 107 and 108 of the US Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public press, without written permission from Dia Art Foundation.

Every reasonable attempt has been made to identify owners of copyright. Errors or omissions will be corrected in subsequent editions.

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Lucy Raven was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1977. She lives and works in New York City.

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