With inspiration drawn from a research trip to White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, Laura Vitale will create a temporary audio-visual installation from very large painted and drawn balloons, amplified with contact microphones. When agitated, the balloons vibrate with low rhythmic tones reminiscent of vintage sound effects. The hanging, slow movement and large spheroid curves of the surfaces of the balloons evoke the otherworldly experience of being out in the gypsum dunes of White Sands.
Laura Vitale’s work orients around sound, also utilizing video, drawing, photography, sculpture, and performance. She recently completed a residency with Recess Activities in SoHo. She has made commissioned installations and performances for WNYC and Issue Project Room, been a Van Lier Fellow at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, and received a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant.