Gabie Strong is a California artist and musician exploring spatial constructions of degeneration, drone and decay as a means to improvise new arrangements of self-reflexive meaning. Strong uses sound performance, radio broadcasting, environmental installation and video as a mediums for experimentation.
Her work has been presented at Current LA: KPARK, MOCA, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Kchung TV at the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. 2014, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Knowledges at Mount Wilson Observatory, Pitzer Art Galleries, University Art Gallery UC Irvine, LAXArt, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Human Resources, SASSAS, LACE, High Desert Test Sites, LACMA, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, and Jabberjaw.
Currently she is performing improvised, free-noise music under her own name.
My work is an exploration of the affect of living in the spatial disorganization of every-day urban life. This disorganization is the result of living in multiple non-places at once—both physical and virtual— where borders are confining and permeable. I often collaborate with other artists, musicians and poets to create work that embodies the difference of lived experience.
Through experimental sound improvisations using guitar and voice, I am able to abstractly tease out the emotional impact of temporal morphological conditions. I do this in order to create new situations which invoke a self-reflexive examination of place for both myself and the listener/viewer. I push the material component of musical instruments through structured yet improvised acts to evoke repetition and difference, but without the measured notation used in standard composition. By doing this I am able to activate the space around my body through controlled resonance and amplified feedback.
My environmental installations are coded experiments using traditional image-based signs and signifiers. I use these structures to create a differential set of experiences for the viewer/participant. By placing these signifiers in landscape, I am able to provide a speculative fiction and unusual situation for the viewer.