Observatory (543 Union St., Brooklyn)
A short video by Jeffrey Kurosaki & Tara Pelletier with Live Musical Accompaniment
“Oh, river, were you not so close by these cliffs and banks, you could be the ocean.”
“Oh, river” is a narrative video project about a unique harmony that can be found in egalitarian relationships. Set in the wilderness, the city, and the passageways made to travel between these environments, two people are on a quest for synchronicity.
The music and script for “Oh, river” is based on a poem written while overlooking the Hudson River at Wave Hill Garden in the Bronx. The video will be screened with a live musical accompaniment of original songs performed as their musical collaboration, “The Wind & Good Things.”
Kurosaki and Pelletier met in graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and have been collaborating since 2006. Combining picturesque landscapes, natural phenomenon, and personified animals with their reactions to particular sites, they create multi-layered narratives of sculpture, drawing, music and performance. They have exhibited and performed internationally, including a self-organized European and Scandic tour in 2010. They were recipients of the Toby Devon Lewis Award and were artists-in residence on Governors Island through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.