Alex Braden: A Lesser Light

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Gibbs Street Gallery


Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, January 19, 7 – 9 PM

Listening Party (Closing Reception): Sunday, February 11, 3 – 5 PM

January 12 – February 11, 2018

Gibbs Street Gallery

Alex Braden, the first VisArts Studio Fellow, presents a series of new sonic works in the Gibbs Street Gallery. Braden uses sound and sculpture to create interactive installations and immersive experiences. He believes that the medium through which listeners engage with sound should bear as much aesthetic weight as the content of the sound itself. He often employs antiquated technology for his sound-making, asking listeners to answer a rotary telephone, navigate rebuilt tape machines, or step into a phone booth to engage with his work. He also uses scale and distance to immerse listeners in audio—often splitting a single composition among multiple speakers in an installation to create theatrical, spacious, and lush soundscapes.

About the artist: Alex Braden is a sound artist, sculptor, and multi-instrumentalist residing in Washington, D.C. He began his study of Classical Piano at age 4, and migrated to Jazz Guitar at 11 years old. After teaching private music lessons to his own instructor’s beginner and intermediate students all throughout high school, Alex abandoned a music scholarship in pursuit of a B.F.A. in Sound Art & Independent Study. Braden has earned fellowships from the Ballston BID (Virginia), Arlington (Virginia) Commission for the Arts, D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities, Rockland Residency Program (Seattle, Washington), and Vermont Studio Center. He’s toured nationally with three bands, installs prolifically in myriad galleries along the East coast, and his work is in the permanent collection of the U.S. Department of State.

Learn about Alex Braden’s upcoming Inside Art workshop Sound Art on February 8, 2018.

Listening Party: Join Alex Braden for a closing reception of his sound installation A Lesser Light featuring samples of his sound pieces, a discussion with Dr. Thomas Stanley, and a performance by Stephanie Mercedes.

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