21 Jul Silver Wing Turquoise Bird, “Collective and Individual Works” at Young Projects
Silver Wing Turquoise Bird
Collective and Individual Works
May 23 – August 9th
Young Projects is very proud to present a rare glimpse into the work of one of LA’s first visual art collectives working in moving imagery, the Single Wing Turquoise Bird
Formed in 1968, ‘the Bird’ began life as a “light show,” performing and creating live, improvisational, decidedly maximal visuals for groups such as Cream, Traffic, the Who, the Velvet Underground, the Grateful Dead and many more. At the same time, often at the behest of painter Sam Francis, they performed at museums, galleries and loft spaces alike, where musical tracks by LaMonte Young, Terry Reily, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and others provided the score. Today these performative films can now be seen as crucial benchmarks in the evolution of Expanded Cinema, which itself became instrumental in changing the way we think of cinema, the role of the apparatus, and what would later become video art.
Although the group disbanded 1973, five original members (Larry Janss, David Lebrun, Peter Mays, Jeff Perkins and Michael Scroggins) and two new members (Amy Halpern and Shayne Hood) came together in 2010 to explore a new, wider range of ideas.