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Conceived specifically for the Greenleaf Gallery by Jamie Russom and Martin Beal, Infinite Drift is a visual and auditory experience in which meditative images and sounds repeat in ever-changing juxtapositions, asking viewers to ponder the intangible space between dreams and wakefulness.
In 1975, Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt published a series of cards, each with a different statement intended to elicit creativity. The card “Repetition is a form of change” served as the catalyst for this exhibition. Multiple motion picture images drawn from analog and digital sources loop and superimpose in such a way that the resulting visuals never repeat. Deeply reverberant sounds augment and influence the viewer’s experience, inviting interactive participation. Viewing Infinite Drift from different positions within the gallery provides further perspective and discovery of nuance within the piece. Sound and vision collide in unexpected ways, with every viewing a unique experience.
Jamie Russom received an MFA in Studio Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2016 and a BFA in Printmaking from California State University Long Beach in 2006. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is part of several special collections throughout the US and Europe, including the La Fondazione Vittorio Leonesio in Puegnago, Italy and the Glasgow Science Centre in the UK. Creating art works with an interdisplinary approach towards process, Russom explores diverse disciplines specializing in the areas of printmaking, photography, and audio/visual installation. She is an artist and educator living in Los Angeles.
Martin Beal is sound engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He has been living and working in the Los Angeles area for decades. Interested in making sound and music from an early age, he has played in numerous bands with styles ranging from indie-rock to country to spacey jazz/electronica. His very first experience within a recording studio placed him on a path that led to a career in audio creation, management and manipulation. He owns and operates The Racket Room, a recording facility in Santa Ana, CA.