Solid, Liquid, Gas

If you visited last year’s excellent group exhibition “State of Mind” at the Berkeley Art Museum, you might have been treated to The Sound of Ice Melting. A re-creation of a 1970 conceptual piece by Paul Kos, the artwork consisted of a 25-pound block of ice that was allowed to dissolve at its own pace in the downstairs gallery, surrounded by mics to pick up any sound it might emit. At once humorous and sublime, Kos’ piece has served as a touchpoint for artist/musician Collin McKelvey, whose new 7” record, Canti for Paul Kos, is the “nineteen” at the release party Fifteensixteenseventeeneighteennineteen. Local art and music imprint Land and Sea, run by husband-and-wife team Chris Duncan and Maria Otero, celebrates its five most recent publications, which also include flipbooks by Greg Stimac and Reuben Lorch-Miller, a book by Pavle Levi, and an edition by Duncan himself called WORDS. Duncan’s book uses text as raw material to create intense visual patterns, and for this event trumpeter Jacob Wick further interprets Duncan’s words as musical notes in a free-wheeling performance. Getting back to that melting ice, curator Aaron Harbour whips up unique drinks for attendees to pair with McKelvey’s record, served in ice cube cups. Harbour calls this particular gig “the taste of ice melting.”
Sat., Jan. 12, 7 p.m., 2013

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