I am still reeling from the amazing Sunn/Boris/Oren Ambarchi show last month. It was an incredible, visceral experience the likes of which I have never seen nor felt.
Last weekend brought Sunn to the Maureen Paley Gallery in London for the opening of a new exhibition by visual artist Banks Violette. For the new show, he cast Sunn’s entire stage set (amps, speaker cabinets, mini moog, guitars, etc. I really mean entire.) in salt. For the opening of the exhibition, Violette had Sunn performing on a lower level, out of the public view, while the facsimile of every piece of equipment used in their performance was on view upstairs. This was “intended as a frustrated viewing experience for the audience,” as they could hear, and no doubt feel, the performance, but they were not allowed to see the musicians.
Banks Violette @ Maureen Paley in London
This is an image that the artist sent to Sunn’s Stephen O’Malley after his guitar had been safely returned to him unharmed.
Thanks to ideologic for the pics, see more images from the show there.
Edit: Artforum also has put a blog up about the Banks Violette/Sunn collaboration. Thanks again, Stephen.