Det Er Smuk

15 Dec 2016

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Thursday, December 15, 2016.
Performance installation beginning 7pm.

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On Stellar Rays is pleased to present Det Er Smuk, a new live performance by composer and artist David Louis Zuckerman.


None of us imagine one at a time

A healthy anytime

To see this obituary 

It’s informative after all


Years of service in the world

And one day while the labor goes quickly


No not in the way easy

My inner lover works out

Demolishing the universe

The truth is more joy


The truth is more joy than we know

And co-exist in NYC

Thank you same one


De Lafayette is our hero of two worlds

In memoriam


On Stellar Rays is pleased to present Det Er Smuk, a new live performance by composer and artist David Louis Zuckerman on Thursday, December 15 in the upstairs gallery at 1 Rivington Street. This work is adapted from artist Owen Hutchinson’s poem Eyes_1.

Set for piano and voice, the piece is staged around a sole column in the room, taking the form of a requiem that speaks to Hutchinson’s “vibratory world of brutal psychic forces alternating between the confined and the limitless.”

Here the musical form of “Lieder,” with its connotations of pastoralism, romantic love and protest, are placed in tandem with Hutchinson’s anti-nostalgic musings to conjure a comical lament.

Zuckerman’s recent work, such as chamber piece Per Diem, premiered by SEM Ensemble, and the opera The Augur, premiered at David Lewis Gallery, act as a kind of rejoinder to expressive romanticism. At once lyrical and favoring chromaticism over atonality, these works, including Det Er Smuk, at the same time problematize the concept of drama and subjectivism through satirical interventions.

This performance installation will run for approximately 1 hour. This event is free and open to the public.

David Louis Zuckerman is a composer, artist working in experimental opera, performance and film. His work has been shown at Untitled Miami, David Lewis Gallery, JOAN Los Angeles, Disjecta, Anthology Film Archives, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Kunstverein Cologne and others. He is a company member of New York City Players and an alumnus of the S.E.M. Emerging Composers Workshop, Skowhegan, and the Labyrinth Theater Ensemble. Zuckerman studied composition at Berklee College of Music and holds a BFA from The School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Bard College. A 2015 Rema Hort Mann Grant Nominee, his work has been covered in Art in America, LA Weekly, Artforum, Cahiers du Cinema, Purple Magazine, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, and Filthy Dreams.

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