For an interview with legendary Canadian artist, filmmaker and pianist Michael Snow, curator Joseph del Pesco and artist Euan Macdonald posed fifteen questions and Snow replied with short musical improvisations. Snow has, since the late 1940s, been a virtuosic jazz pianist, and has achieved such fluency with the instrument that his replies are quasi linguistic, communicating at the edge of language through variations in speed, intensity, and rhythm, through repetition and timbre, through the melodic and the dissonant. The questions are followed by an Epilogue, offering reflections on the subjects raised by the questions. Co-published by KADIST and THE THING Quarterly, a 7 inch record of the album will be released at the New York Art Book fair, and is available in an edition of 250. Additionally 250 digital copies of the album will be made available for free download online: snow.kadist.org
- EUAN MACDONALD
Euan Macdonald was born in Edinburgh and works in Los Angeles. He has had solo exhibitions recently at Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, The Hayward Gallery, London; Yerba Buena Center for Contemporary art, San Francisco; Arrow factory, Beijing. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; CRAC Centre Alsace, France; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Seville Biennial. Macdonald’s work is in museum collections such as National Gallery of Canada, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; MAXXI, Rome; Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal; Vancouver Art Gallery.
- JOSEPH DEL PESCO
Joseph del Pesco is a curator, writer and online media producer. Since 2009 he’s been Director, and this year became International Director of KADIST (Paris & San Francisco). Previously he’s worked at Artists Space (NYC), The Banff Centre, and the UC Davis Museum. During the past year he’s been in residence at SOMA in Mexico City, Beta-Local in Puerto Rico, The Luminary in St. Louis and ArtPort in Tel Aviv. His short stories about speculative museums, have recently appeared in Art21 Magazine and White Fungus magazine. His website: www.delpesco.com
- MICHAEL SNOW
Michael Snow, born December 10, 1929, is a Canadian artist, filmmaker and musician. A Companion of the Order of Canada, the first recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, and the subject of a multi-venue retrospective organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Michael Snow is one of Canada’s most accomplished and broadly influential artists.