Marfa Dialogues

Mick Barr

30 September 2011


Friday, 30 September 2011
AutoBody Opening Weekend
6 pm: Opening reception
7 pm: Performance by Mick Barr
8:30 pm: Community dinner at the Capri, followed by a performance by Mariachi Las Alteñas

We are honored to have composer and avant-garde metal guitarist Mick Barr play at the opening reception of AutoBody, our fall 2011 visual arts exhibition.

Notable for his relentless speed and agility on his instrument, he is one-half of the band Orthrelm and often plays with Crom-tech and as a duo with famed drummer Zach Hill from Hella (who has also played with Marnie Stern and Death Grips). He has also released albums under the names Ocrilim and Octis, which consists of his guitar over a drum machine.

About his music, Barr says: “Recently I’ve been trying to write using more intuition and less thought. To let the music be what it will be, rather than what I want it to be. In the past I was interested in creating a cold, inhuman form of music. Stringing non-repeating riffs together, sometimes following a pre-meditated structure, sometimes totally at random. There was also a period where I was interested in total immersion in repetition. As well as a time where I mainly focused on harmony and counterpoint.”

In 2009, he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and Animal Collective recently chose Barr to perform at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in May 2011. We are honored to have Barr perform at the opening of AutoBody.

    [vimeo 30032100] Mick Barr shredding at the opening reception of AutoBody, 30 September 2011.

    AutoBody and its musical performances have been made possible through the support of the Brown Foundation Inc., Houston, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, University of Michigan, Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, New York Foundation for the Arts, Renwick Gallery, and Ex Vivo Productions. With generous contributions by Jorge Linares and Ballroom Marfa Members.

    Special thanks to Lalo Baeza, Vicki Barge, The Big Bend Sentinel, Mike Benavidas, Joey Benton, Judy Borunda, David Branch, Michael Camacho, John Carpenter, Joe Cashiola, Ross Cashiola, Vicente Celis, Jane & Bob Crockett, Rob Crowley, Cuca Flores, Fort Davis Stables, Jamey Garza, Jerik Gilly, Giraud Pissarro Segalot, David Gouge, Alberto Halpern, Auden Huerta, David Klein Gallery, Jennie Lyn Hamilton, Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Marfa Public Radio, Marfa Recording Company, Marfa Table, Eliseo Martinez, Linda & Bobby McKnight, Caitlin Murray, W.N. Parrot, Pierogi Gallery, Francisco Rosas, Salon 94, Hector Sanchez, Nathan Sarten and the West Collection, Oaks, PA.

    In-kind support provided by Pablo Alvarado, David Egeland & Andrew Friedman, the Hotel Paisano, Jacqueline R. Northcut, Danielle and Adrian Rubi-Dentzel, the Thunderbird Hotel and Tom Rapp & Toshi Sakihara.

    Food by Food Shark.

    Design by Sally Coleman.