THE SUN is the result of a fellowship awarded to artist Chris Duncan in 2009 by Kala Institute in Berkeley, California. Primarily a painter and installation artist, Duncan looked to printmaking and music as a way to challenge his art practice as well as the idea of art making, self vs. collaboration. With these concepts in mind Duncan gathered friends, musicians, and artists for once a week for improvisational sound making sessions at Duncan’s studio at Kala. The sessions took place over a period of three months, were recorded, and yielded over ten hours of “music”. Duncan then taught himself music editing programs and constructed a 12-minute song out of over ten hours of raw sounds. The song was pressed into a vinyl 12” and finished with hand-built covers; letter-pressed, sewn, stamped, numbered and flocked, in a limited edition of 25 inside the Kala printmaking studios.
THE SUN has grown to engage audiences in full-blown participatory performances. THE SUNs goal is to break down the barriers between audience and performer, artist and observer. THE SUN chooses to do this through sound and acknowledgment of the importance that everyone is a vital part of a gathering. We are all participants. We are all in this together. We are THE SUN.
In collaboration with Ed. Varie, THE SUN invites you to a record release listening party of THE SUN song recorded at Kala, alongside a gallery installation of videos from past performances, a film Bay Area artist Paul Clipson, and images collected for THE SUN archive.
As the evening carries on, THE SUN will return to its beginnings. In the spirit of the first gatherings at Kala, we invite guests to stay late for an improvisational jam session. Everyone is encouraged to bring any type of instrument, and most importantly, bring you. THE SUN has conducted gatherings at Berkeley Art Museum, Southern Exposure, and Kala Institute. THE SUN at Ed. Varie will be the first gathering on the East Coast. We welcome THE SUN.