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Trimpin: Contraptions for Art and Sound Hardcover – May 20, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (May 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295991097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295991092
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trimpin, the sound sculptor and composer, has received MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; been the subject of a full-length documentary film and a profile in the New Yorker magazine; been included in hundreds of shows, performances, and new music festivals; and has had installations and exhibitions around the world. Despite all this, access to his work is limited. He doesn't record his music and very few of his sculptural works are in public or private collections.

This book captures a record of Trimpin's remarkable artistic journey and places his work in the context of visual art, music composition, performance, ambitious engineering, acoustics, and installation art. It includes essays on the artist's life and his work with composer Conlon Nancarrow, as well as a fully illustrated presentation of key sculptures and performances. Additional essays by writers, composers, and curators consider his work through specific pieces. Trimpin's own voice is a continuous thread running through the publication.

A touchstone for the book is a two-year series of exhibitions of his work in museums across the Pacific Northwest.

Contributors: Charles Amirkhanian, Jenny Bilfield, Chris Bruce, Kyle Gann, David Harrington, Hans Lauber, Sasha Leitman, David Mahler, Reynold Pritikin, Beth Sellars, and Jean Strause.

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This book explores the life and work of Trimpin, the sound sculptor and composer, whose work spans the media of visual art, music composition, performance, engineering, acoustics, and installation art.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on August 12, 2011
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I bought this book because I wanted to know more about this artist, his work and maybe gain a little insight into his creative process. What I got was an unfocused hodgepodge with few insights or specifics and no apparent organizational strategy. And there were surprisingly few good pictures. Basically a not very interesting coffee table book about a very interesting artist.
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First of all, I have to say that I LOVE Trimpin's work. I have been fortunate enough to see the work in person, which is truly the ONLY way one can experience his work - period. Trimpin is an artist who is hard to describe, pin point, etc. His work is constantly evolving - organically - so I can see that this book was truly a labor of love for the publisher. I personally found the book to be quite informative, but I was aware of his work and process before so perhaps that helped? Trimpin has said himself that he isn't interested in recording his work, etc so trying to convey the work in book form is always going to be a little tough. If you like Trimpin and his work, you should own this book.
Most of all I'm excited to see that Trimpin is gaining recognition (both in his adopted hometown of Seattle, as well as all over the country and world). I know he has a gallery show coming up - a sign of things to come? I hope. For his sake.
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