Sets is a three-part exhibition of visual artists who also maintain separate practices as musicians, both modes of expression strongly informing one another. Bjorn Copeland, Brian Chippendale, and Hisham Akira Bharoocha all have a spontaneous, organic sound to their music which is mirrored in their visual art practice. The chosen format of three rapidly successive exhibitions references the structure and energy of sets at a musical event.
The exhibition will highlight each artist’s unique practice while creating a dialogue among them. Bjorn, Brian, and Hisham all have strong roots in the city of Providence and have been influenced by a certain aesthetic of immediacy of expression as well as bright, optical form and color—both visually and musically.
Bjorn Copeland is a co-founder and member of Black Dice, a band that has played at such venues as Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. Bjorn has shown at Daniel Reich, New York and has an upcoming solo show at China Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA. He is currently included in the exhibition Music is a Better Noise at PS 1, New York, NY. Gore, a book by Black Dice and Jason Frank Rothenberg and published by Picturebox Inc. will be available during the exhibition.
Brian Chippendale is a co-founder and member of Lightning Bolt, a two-person band based in Providence. He has published numerous zines and comics and is a co-founder of Fort Thunder, a formative living/ art/ music/ performance space no longer in existence.
Hisham Akira Bharoocha was a member of both Lightning Bolt and Black Dice and now plays solo under the name Soft Circle and with his band Pixeltan. Hisham has been included in shows at Deitch Projects and John Connelly Presents. He was recently included in Cosmic Wonder at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA and has an upcoming solo show at De Vleeshal, Middelburg, the Netherlands and will be included in a show at The Watarium Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.