Ballroom hosted a performance from Mick Barr, composer and avant-garde metal guitarist, at the opening reception of AutoBody.
Noted for his relentless speed and agility on guitar, he is one-half of the band Orthrelm, often plays with Crom-Tech, and as a duo with famed drummer Zach Hill from Hella. 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.”
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.