Problem Guitars Performance

Saturday, May 25
3 PM

Benenson Center

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In conjunction with To Be Of Use, a solo exhibition by David Shrigley in the Newmark Gallery at Art Omi, a one-off performance of a selection of Problem Guitars by Melissa Auf der Maur, Arone Dyer, Rebecca Ruth Borrer, Matt Norman, Jared Ashdown, and Ian Gutierrez. The performance is part of Art Omi's Summer Season Opening on Saturday, May 25, commemorating the installation of new work in the Sculpture & Architecture Fields.

David Shrigley: To Be Of Use showcases practical objects, each with a twist that undermines its anticipated function. Among the objects are selections from a series called Problem Guitars, each of which can be played, but in an altered capacity. On May 25, four accomplished musicians will perform a new composition, created using these one-of-a-kind instruments especially for the exhibition's opening.

This event is being broadcast live on Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7-FM in New York's Upper Hudson Valley and streamed online at

Melissa Auf der Maur is Co-Founder and Director of Basilica Hudson, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts center on the waterfront of the historic City of Hudson presenting music, performance, film, food and literary programming, alongside regular film screenings series, art exhibitions, and other community gatherings. From 1994-1999, Auf der Maur was a member and bass player of the alternative rock band Hole and is featured on the Grammy nominated album, Celebrity Skin. She joined the Smashing Pumpkins in 2000, for their Farewell World Tour. She has also released two solo albums, Auf der Maur (2004) and Out of Our Minds (2010). The latter project comprises an album, a comic book, and a short film. Auf der Maur’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and The Transformer Station in Cleveland, and have appeared in such publications as Spin, Elle, Nylon, and American Photo.

Arone Dyer is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer & founding member of duos Buke and Gase & Mistresses, as well as the composer and director of Dronechoir where she examines social dis/comfort through long-durational choral performance, metamorphosing through a moving meditation of sometimes subtle sonic changes. In addition to her own projects she has made appearances on the National’s 2018 Grammy-winning release Sleep Well Beast, creating and singing the introduction to their #1 Billboard Hit “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”, and collaborated with many other artists including Naama Tsabar’s Composition Series, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Mahogany L Brown, David Garland’s Verdancy, Sondra Sun-Odeon’s UNSILENCING, Adam Schatz’s The Holiday Party, among others.

Rebecca Ruth Borrer is a multimedia artist, composer, and writer. Her work focuses on liminal spaces that exist between definitions and are therefore undefined. She lives in Hudson, NY.

Matt Norman is a musician and recording artist from Petaluma, CA. He was inspired by his two uncles' country band to start learning drums when he was the size of a punching bag. He studied jazz drumming in high school and college, all the while exploring his silly imagination in private recordings. He graduated from Bard College with a BA in music and continues to perform and record in solo and collaborative projects based in the Hudson Valley and New York City. His current musical goal is to record a narrated story set to music.

Jared Ashdown is a hardcore singer, guitarist and sound engineer from Woodstock, NY. He is active in several ongoing improvisation-based projects as well as his band Open Head.

Ian Gutierrez is a guitarist from Albany, NY. He is currently studying music at Bard College and working with his band Umber Kurt.

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