Uri Dotan: A Tribute to Ornette Coleman Presented by Studio Vendome
in collaboration with Beez and Honey
Exhibition July 6 – August 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Monday July 6, 6-9pm
Uri Dotan.Portrait of Ornette Coleman, 2001.Digitalpainting on canvas.28x42”.
NEW YORK- This exhibition brings together a body of work created in the early 2000s in New York City byIsraeli artist Uri Dotan. Working in digital media since the 1980s, Dotan was introduced to Ornette Coleman in 1999 by a mutual friend. Working with Denardo Coleman, Ornette’s son, Dotan designed a website for the great musician and subsequently shared his creative output with the artist. At his home in 2001Dotan showed Coleman the Activation video on his laptop and inspired,the legendary jazz musician started free playing his saxophone and recorded the sound that accompanies the video.The video Activation created in 2001 is adigital animation of the head of a futuristic beautiful woman (a classical bust rendered in the digital age) set to the accompaniment of Ornette’s music. Ornette Coleman revolutionized music in the 20th Century. He was the originator of the free jazz movement in the 1960s and played violin, trumpet, and saxophone. He composed and sang too. The recipient of many prizes and awards including the Pulitzer Prize in 2007, Coleman performed all over the world and inspired and influenced both in content and form the work of many artists; musicians, writers and visual artists alike.
Since the passing of Coleman in June 2015 many artists have presented tributes to this great musician. This exhibition aims to highlight the influence thismusical genius had on the work of Uri Dotan. The Clones series in 2002comes directly out of this time period of “activation” stimulated by interactions with Coleman.Dotan’s video work withOrnette’s music and his subsequent paintings (includingPortrait of Ornette Coleman andActivation which hung in the home of Coleman), later drawings and videos that have a musical quality to the composition and a musical element of jazz though not always Coleman, all point to the master’s influence onDotan’s work.
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