Monday, July 13, 2009

Demons Stole My Soul: Rock ‘n Roll Drums in Contemporary Art

Camilla Singh (curator)
June 3 – July 3, 2005

This is an exhibition dedicated to the western drum kit. I used to be perfectly content playing the drums all by myself in a corner of my parents' basement. A consequence to never playing in public, I will always wonder about it like the-one-that-got-away. Curating this show or playing in public would have satisfied the same desire that I have now.

Pictured is my favorite piece from Demons Stole My Soul: "Cheese Kit Diptych" by
Dutch artist Water Willems. Willems built this kit to be played by Dutch improvisational jazz drummer Han Bennink, and considered it incomplete until Bennink played it. I think it works best left good and well alone as a sculpture... but give me ten years and maybe I'll wonder otherwise.

For a far more comprehensive review of the show, see Canadian writer R. M. Vaughan's blog entry here.