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The unique and little known sound art of Jean Dupuy highlighted by Sean McCann’s Recital, mixing never before heard archival work plus a new recording of his hand-painted clocks. A pioneer in combining art and technology, Dupuy worked with everyone from George Maciunas to Laurie Anderson and Ilhan Mimaroglu in the ‘70s and beyond. This is the first retrospective of his work, following an LP of new recordings in 2016
“The first comprehensive album of Jean Dupuy’s sound works, collecting recordings from 1969-2017.
Dupuy started his artistic career as a painter but shifted his practice when he moved from France to New York in 1967. Dupuy experimented with new technologies, and soon became a prominent figure in the Art and Technology movement. In 1968 he participated with an inventive sound, light and color installation, Heart Beats Dust, in the landmark exhibition The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. In the early 1970s Dupuy started performing collectively with other New York artists, and his loft at 405 East 13th Street turned into a center for these performances. Dupuy also arranged similar events at the Whitney Museum, the Kitchen and the Judson Church. During his time in New York, which lasted until the early 1980s, Dupuy collaborated with over 200 artists, as an organizer of events and as an artist.
Charlie Morrow poses the question: “But what about his sound art? … Jean has a particular affinity for sound and vocalizing. The songs of his childhood, the French church tradition and the charming puzzlement of letter games and graphics. He has created an amplified heartbeat machine with blood red puffs of pigment, and short jingles, such as ‘I like bananas – ain’t no bone inside.'”
In aligning this definitive collection, a new piece came to be recorded specially for this LP, “Concert of Seconds.” A recording of a symphony of painted clocks that live in Jean’s gallery in Nice, France.
This LP was organized with the assistance of Christian Xatrec and Charlie Morrow.”