For Immediate Release
A Thousand Ancestors: Michelle Arcila & Eivind Opsvik
New York Art Book Fair, Norway Focus: KUNSTNERBØKER MoMA PS1
September 26–28, 2014
New York (September 27, 2014)— Photographer Michelle Arcila and musician Eivind Opsvik will be pre-releasing their newest project, A Thousand Ancestors, at the 2014 MOMA PS1 NY Art Book Fair, with an edition signing at noon on Saturday, September 27th. A Thousand Ancestors will be featured with the Jessica Williams + Friends group as part of Norway Focus: KUNSTNERBØKER.
Hailing from Costa Rica and Norway, two different countries with distinct cultural traditions and folklore, A Thousand Ancestors is an exploration of family history and the continuing influence of ancestral narratives on the present generation. The project is a limited edition box set (numbered edition of 500) designed by Espen Friberg containing a ten-track vinyl LP (plus a CD and download card), ten photographic prints, each of which correspond to a track on the record, and a poster. The box will be released by the Brooklyn based record label; Loyal Label.
A Thousand Ancestors is the culmination of an ongoing collaboration between Arcila and Opsvik which synthesize the strong influence of visual imagery on music, and vice versa. The artists aim to slow time for the observer, and allow him/her to perhaps uncover distant, buried memories of their own during the encounter. A beautiful example of this can be experienced in “A Strange Gratitude”-- the second track and print on A Thousand Ancestors pairs a steady, escalating tension of bass strings with a slightly ominous, dreamlike image of two silver-haired figures obscured by a thin veil of dying tree branches in the foreground, hazy snow-covered mountains stretching behind.
Michelle Arcila has been described as “a storyteller who uses very few words”. Arcila was born in New York and has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts. Her images have been exhibited at international venues, including Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz in Paris, the National Arts Club, and Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City. She has also photographed and served as art director for several album covers. Publications featuring Arcila’s work include Vogue Korea, Time Out NY, Metro Pop, Les Inrockuptibles and DownBeat. Her work appears in a number of private collections. She currently works in Brooklyn, Norway, and Costa Rica.
Eivind Opsvik is a Norwegian bassist/musician living in New York. His main projects are his band Overseas, the instrumental chamber-pop duo Opsvik & Jennings, and his solo music , which appears on ‘A Thousand Ancestors’. Opsvik also mixes, composes and produces music, and runs the Loyal Label record label. He played his first solo show at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 2008 and has also performed solo at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Opsvik has performed internationally in the bands of Paul Motian, Anthony Braxton, Tony Malaby, David Binney, Kris Davis and Nate Wooley, and collaborated with Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Martha Wainwright, Daedelus, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Craig Taborn, among others. Downbeat magazine had this to say about his previous release, Overseas IV; "Eivind Opsvik’s new opus belongs to a unique musical universe…”
About Norway Focus: KUNSTNERBØKER— This year the NY Art Book Fair, with support from the Norwegian Consulate General in New York, presents KUNSTNERBØKER, a curated selection of 23 Norwegian booksellers, institutions, artists and independent publishers, accompanied by programming, screenings, exhibitions and interventions related to this cross-section of Norway’s artist book community.