Sean Winters and Kevin Sweet are frequent collaborators producing and performing interactive works using emergent technologies to “reambiguate the obvious”. Their last collaborative work “Anything on this Earth” was a live audiovisual exploration ruminating on parallax and jazz by feeding multichannel audio signals through hacked video circuits to an anaglyphic 3D projection. Winters & Sweet explore the abstraction of language through “mixed-reality” installation melding live audio processing with virtual environments. Digital doubles of physical forms dance to the sounds and movements of bodies in space. Winters and Sweet ask: “Can the interplay of reactive sound and movement across the digital divide be a pathway for imagining the physical world’s understanding of us?”.
Sean Winters is a sound-artist, composer, and audiovisual performer who has worked extensively in venues, concert halls, and art galleries along the front range. Highlights include a projection-mapped “ReSmash” of Richard Wagner’s infamous opera Tristan & Isolde at BMOCA and GOCA121, as well as performing with the Playground Ensemble at Denver’s Leon Gallery during the premiere of “Textures” for chamber ensemble, live electronics, and live video.
Kevin Sweet is an artist whose practice and research deals with the intersections of memory, performance and play. He is currently a principal investigator with Sound Planetarium, a virtual reality astrophysics and art collaboration rethinking how we understand our universe through kinesthetic and participatory experience. Before relocating to Colorado, he was the Technical Director & Animator of “Twinsome Minds” — an intermedia performance re-interpreting Dublin’s 1916 Easter Rising for the 2016 centenary which premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin — and the Head of Creative Development for JoyceStick, a VR adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses, exhibited at the James Joyce Centre, Dublin.
Kevin Sweet and Sean Winters currently live and work in Boulder, Colorado.
Curatorial Statement by Daisy McGowan, Director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art
Great Expectations is the fourth in a series of biannual survey exhibitions featuring emergent career artists living and working in a specific geographic area of Colorado. Over a two year period, I was privileged to conduct numerous studio visits connecting with artists working up and down the I-25 Front Range corridor in Colorado. The eleven invited artists are exploring and innovating through their respective practices, pushing the contemporary art field as a result. While by no means exhaustive, Great Expectations highlights artists working and living in the most populated areas of the state which have undergone dramatic growth and change in the past two years.
The 2020 edition of Great Expectations features new work in a range of media, including painting, sculptural installation, monumental fiber art, video and new media including Virtual Reality technologies at our downtown Colorado Springs gallery site.
This exhibition aims to introduce our audiences to some of the brightest artists working along the Front Range corridor today, from whom we can surely expect great things.
Sean Winters & Kevin Sweet, Murmur, Audio-reactive virtual reality installation with sculptural forms. Dimensions variable. 2020