A few months ago during the painting department’s open studio night at SCAD’s Alexander Hall, I had a chance to see a brief portion of “Dreamtime Synastry”, a fascinating collaborative performance by Matthew Cooper and Chelsea DeMarcado.
I saw just enough to know that I wanted to see the piece in its entirety, so I was thrilled to learn that Connect Savannah editor and guest juror Jim Morekis chose it as Best in Show of the exhibition “Weather or Not” at Indigo Sky Community Gallery.
“Dreamtime Synastry” ran about 30 minutes at Indigo Sky, with Cooper painted almost entirely white and playing didgeridoo and a few other percussion instruments, while DeMarcado projected images on and around him using video and an old school overhead projector.
It was beautiful and hypnotic. I’m sorry more people weren’t there, but the gallery had about as many people as it could hold. Let’s hope Cooper and Mercado have the chance to do the performance again soon.
I know some video was shot on Saturday night, so I’ll add that to the post when it’s available.
I’m presenting this gallery in two formats. The images are much better in the CoolIris gallery: just click the icon in the lower right to go full screen, then you can scroll, click, use the directional arrows, etc.
Same gallery, less interesting format: