Performance by New Factories

Experimental music group New Factories, consisting of Houston-based artists Gabriel Martinez and Ronnie Yates, present an improvisational sound performance featuring field recordings taken from the Houston Ship Channel. Focused on the complex relationships between sound and place, the artists’ work layers field recordings with prepared guitar and sounds taken in real-time from their immediate environment. Their performance will converse with VAC artist Tania Mouraud’s use of similar recordings in her new video installation FATA MORGANA, which was filmed at an oil refinery in Pasadena, Texas.

Performance by New Factories is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Tania Mouraud: Everyday Ogres, on view September 23 – December 10.

Additional support comes from Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston, The University of Texas at Austin, Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, Allison and David Ayers, Kaleta Doolin, and other 156 individual donors who contributed through the 2015 HornRaiser and The 40 Hours for The Forty Acres campaigns.

About the Artist

Gabriel Martinez received his MFA from Columbia University in 2009. He has been a CORE Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, was an artist-in-residence at Project Row Houses, participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2006. He is an Interdisciplinary Art professor at the University of Houston and runs the Alabama Song art space in Houston.

Ronnie Yates studied at the University of Houston, Harvard Divinity School, and received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from New York University. His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, POOL and Ploughshares, and his manuscript Inconsolable Garden was a finalist for the 2012 Emily Dickinson First Book Award (offered by the Poetry Foundation and Graywolf Press). He has been awarded residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Jentel Artist’s Residency Program. He currently teaches in the IART program at the University of Houston/The Mitchell Center for the Arts.