For a week, Boulder Arts Week has offered fans of the creative a number of online options to engage their senses. “Sacred Geometry,” an audiovisual improvisation from a performance during the Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival in 2019, is available to watch now on YouTube.
“There are sounds and images that humans are attracted to, as well as repelled by, included in this piece,” said artist Angie Eng, who created the animated visuals, while Sean Winters offered live piano playing and synthesizer samples. “(Greek philosopher) Pythagoras said, we humans are fundamentally sound frequency and pattern. Hence, the meditative quality with the use of mathematical proportions in these classic ancient shapes which sought to ground beings. At the same time, for many viewers, the musique concrèteness of the sound and image jolts them out of that meditative space and into a cacophony of emotions evoked from urbanism, information overload, nostalgic futurism and contradictions witnessed in everyday life.”
Another video piece of Eng’s that viewers can check out is “No Name.” Temporarily titled after the Boulder prohibition-style bar on Broadway, it takes onlookers on a riveting journey of sight and sound. It’s almost an abstract kaleidoscope of people captured on film — a living, breathing mandala-like organism that intrigues and mystifies.
In addition to offering her work virtually, Eng is enjoying the creations of others that have innovatively taken to cyber space during these times of closures and cancellations.
“When I saw the Colorado Symphony perform remotely, that was pretty awesome,” Eng said. “It was the first collaborative remote performance I saw during the COVID lockdown. I think we’ll see a surge of those types of celebrations, bonding, coping, rehearsing, and then next month we’ll have the realization we actually are mammals and need to be in physical proximity to one another. Yet, virtual space will definitely will be an outlet for creative collaboration — as long as you have a fast connection.”
After Boulder Arts Week closes Saturday, Eng will shift her attention to Bunny Rabbit Art Challenge, a project that calls on local artists to create pieces inspired by the cotton-tailed creatures — however that translates — that will then be placed around outdoor spaces throughout Boulder.
“We expect paintings, found object, assemblage, recycled materials, mosaic rabbits,” Eng said. “Some of the artists include Steven Frost, Joy Redstone, Nikita Coulombe, Renate Mairie and Karmen Franklin. I’d like to get at least 20 submissions to make more of an impact.”
Eng extended the deadline for submissions to April 20. Email email@example.com to participate.
The final days of Boulder Arts Week offer belly dancing, online discounts and giveaways from Firefly Handmade artisans, a YouTube screening of the film “Quarantine Diaries – 23 Artists 10 Countries,” by Boulder-based artist Belgin Yucelen and much more. Click here for the calendar.