When bowing the strings of a cello, the vibrations of certain notes resonate at the same frequencies as the vibrations of the instrument itself. The dissonant effect of competing pitches of sound are referred to as wolf tones for their howl. One might say that a conflict is exposed in the small gap between closeness and difference of temperament. Can this acoustic phenomenon serve as an analogy for describing forces at work in a visual field? A social condition? Uneasy eccentricities set off among discrete forms; complementary vibrations articulated from individualized objects. A visual charge is created when a willing vessel meets a sustaining, sympathetic tone. Reverberation! Collaboration! Yet in that specific moment of expansion, at its most amplified, a third element is activated… discord. How might the howls of a wolf be incorporated into play, into music?
To calibrate this wild dog, the musician may apply a device referred to as a ‘wolf tone eliminator’ to dampen the vibrations. Here, in an installation that overlays varied found, representational and invented objects, one can sense the distinct bodies and impulses behind production, and the gesture of modulating the interaction of the works. Three artists collaborate here, and hope that the wolves will too.