Music Box, Aba 2018
Paper Size 24″ x 31.5″
Image Size 19″ x 25.75″
10 color silkscreen on Coventry Rag
Signed edition of 75
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In 2010 Swoon started a project with a group of friends which would later evolve into the Music Box Village, a sonic sculpture garden and experiential playground for collaborative musical architecture nestled into the levee of the Upper 9th Ward in New Orleans.
This pair of prints, originally created as larger than life sized linoleum block prints for the gates of the Music Box village, depict two of the artists and performers that are part of Music Box community.
Aba plays a percussion set which is embedded in the village, while Caitlin pulls on a cable that connects first to a pulley, and finally to a slide trombone.
Their gestures unfold outward into increasingly complex views of the Music Box Village itself, including structures by collaborators such as Alyssa Dennis and Ross Harmon, and snapshots of conductors like Quintron leading an orchestra from a rooftop or Jay Pennington strumming the string work stretched into the walls of a house.
In its current iteration, The Music Box is an ongoing collaboration lead by New Orleans Airlift, and created by over 50 artists, and hundreds of musicians.
This 10 layer silk screen is based off of the last block print Swoon created before switching mediums to pursue further creative experimentation in sculpture, film, and stop motion animation. It is a record of a time and place, as well as a chronicle of a rich history of creative collaboration.