Little Nicky's is a monthly series curated by Noah Phillips and Chuck Johnson. Each installment features a set by a Bay Area artist or group whose sound will complement the special atmosphere of Studio Grand, a multi-use arts space with intimate and lush acoustics. Guitarist and composer Chuck Johnson will open each show with a solo performance.
On this night, guest artist and musician John Davis will perform with recent film work by Mary Helena Clarke.
Mary Helena Clark
Mary Helena Clark’s films explore genre tropes, the materiality of film, and the pleasure of tromp l’oeil. Bringing together observational, appropriated, staged and abstract footage, they operate on dream logic until disrupted by moments of self-reflexivity. She has exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the National Gallery of Art (DC), Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Cleopatra’s (Brooklyn), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Brooklyn Academy of Music, and at the New York, Rotterdam, San Francisco International, Ann Arbor, BFI London, Toronto International, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals.
John Davis is a California-based visual artist and musician. His current work builds on the transcendental qualities of experimental film, while expanding the relationship between moving image and sound through live performance, collaboration, experimentation and improvisation. John's performance work typically involves collaborations with other media artists, where he alternates as both musician and filmmaker. Improvisation generally defines these partnerships, giving priority to spontaneity and chance over formal rehearsal. John's performance work also investigates various sound and image delivery systems, their material bi-products, and the range of sensory possibilities that exists between them. John has recently collaborated with filmmakers Lawrence Jordan, Craig Baldwin, Paul Clipson and Kerry Laitala, among others.
Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on American Primitive guitar, experimental electronics, and minimalist composition. Recordings of his work have been published by Three Lobed, Strange Attractors Audio House, Merge, Communion, and Amish, among others.
He has been featured on the Tompkins Square compilations Beyond Berkeley Guitar and Imaginational Anthem, and in 2011 his solo acoustic guitar debut A Struggle Not A Thought was released on Strange Attractors Audio House. His follow-up solo LP Crows In The Basilica was released to critical acclaim on Three Lobed Recordings in May of 2013. He is also active in soundtrack composition and sound design for film and television, and is the composer for the popular PBS series A Chef's Life.
Doors 9pm, Show at 9:30pm
$10-15 Sliding Scale