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Quad Suite: Richard Landry

Sep 06, 2019 — Dec 07, 2019

Richard Landry’s 1972 video Quad Suite explores the performative nature of both video and music. As a musician and composer, Landry pushes the boundaries of music, exploring new ways to use the acoustics of physical spaces and electronic delays. In Quad Suite, he explores the material qualities of video, revealing an entrancing relationship between sound and image through meditative repetition.

The title, Quad Suite, refers to Landry’s use of a quadraphonic delay. Landry uses four speakers, each playing the same output with a 400 millisecond delay between each of them. The first speaker is delayed 400ms, the second plays with an 800ms delay, and so on. Therefore, as Landry plays new sounds, the speakers are still playing his previous notes, allowing him to play in a quartet with himself. The effect is both haunting and reflective.


While he is primarily known as a musician and photographer, this exhibition celebrates Landry’s invaluable contributions to video as an art form. With respect to acknowledging his varied and successful career, he was a member of the swamp-pop supergroup, Lil Band O’ Gold. Over the course of his career, Richard Landry has collaborated or performed with the David Byrne, Clifton Chenier, Paul Simon, Barbara Dilley, Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Childs, Gene Ammons, Terrence Simien, Steve Reich, Tom Tom Club, and Lost Bayou Ramblers. He has exhibited and performed in Castelli Gallery, New York; The Chinati Foundation, Texas; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas; Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil; the Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Greece; Groninger Museum, Netherlands; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; The Menil Collection, Texas; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MoMA PS1, New York; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands; Teatro Olimpico, Italy; University Art Museum of Wyoming at Laramie, Wyoming; Walker Art Center, Minnesota; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Currently, Landry resides in Lafayette, Louisiana and owns and manages an 80-acre pecan farm in nearby Cecilia, Louisiana.



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