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Big West

A figurative and sometimes literal abstract meditation on lines, curbs, street gangs, and the self-satisfaction of western idealism and productivity. An expansive desert, basketball, eccentric team/gang members, and the theater/film musical West Side Story all appear, as does inadequate allusion to bias, thus prejudice, and bullying through amorphous color and music in the midst of a pristine gym floor and a chaotic night. At once conceptual and visceral, Big West is playfully serious in its embrace of the roles of nuance and stereotype in both experience and ideology.

thank you:

Bruce Licher
East Mojave Shuffle, from Incident at Cima
performed by Scenic- Bruce Licher, Brock Wirtz, James Brenner, 1995
Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Prologue, West Side Story, 1957
Andre and Dory Previn
Theme from The Valley of the Dolls, 1967
Henry Mancini
Mr. Lucky, 1943
John Cage
Sonata V, from Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano, 1946-48
performed by Inara Ferreira, 2012

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