“y o u c a n n o t b u r y m y s i l e n c e .” will be on view at the gallery from Feb. 24 to March 11

(DALLAS, February 2018; source: CultureHype) – One of Texas’ oldest, artist run, cooperative galleries, 500X Gallery, is proud to present its next exhibition “y o u c a n n o t b u r y m y s i l e n c e .” by Fort Worthbased composer, producer, and multidisciplinary artist, James Talambas. Featuring an immersive installation with elements of sound, video, and sculpture, the exhibition will offer an intimate and interactive look at domestic violence and its effects on mental illness. By focusing on raising awareness of mental health issues; the artist hopes that the exhibition will give those dealing with similar issues a voice. The gallery will showcase Talambas’ new works on display from Saturday, February 24 through Sunday, March 11 with an Opening Reception on Feb. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. 500X Gallery is located at 500 Exposition Ave., Dallas, Texas 75226. 

“Music has always been the way I could connect with people. I wasn’t ever really able to express myself verbally, but when I sat down at the piano, I found that I could speak clearly.” During his composition studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, he started experimenting with musicians surrounding the audience, creating a nearly immersive sound with new electronics and full-sounding compositions. Talambas began working towards the creation of environments that could change a person’s viceral perception by using frequency, dynamic, sound collage, tone, color, space, time, and technology. Although, technology and new media are important elements of his work, the artist takes particular care in not allowing technology to overshadow narrative and emotion, the most important elements of his work. “In my art, technology is a means of expressing deeper aspects of humanity,” said Talambas. 

Adding sculpture to his immersive sound compositions helps him speak to the audience through the narrative of art, connecting to them on more than one level to the conversation of socio-political issues. A reoccuring theme in his body of work, “y o u c a n n o t b u r y m y s i l e n c e .” serves as a conduit for the artist to continue to discuss relevant social issues and make a difference through his work. “Mental illness is nothing new and definitely not to me, but seeing hard-working, blue collar, creative people in such a dire position that they are forced to choose between food or their mental health is heartbreaking. It’s an issue that we are not placing enough importance on; we are not taking care of our people.” Diagnosed at age 15 with psychosis, anxiety, and severe depression, Talambas gives viewers a look inside the mind of someone with such mental health issues in one of the installation pieces using a variety of video and animations with multidimensional sound design and score. One piece, a multi-sensory installation sharing the exhibition name, explores domestic violence, abuse, and its effects on mental health. A personal passage will accompany the piece, giving viewers a way to share their own story. These personal stories will anonymously be integrated into the composed audio piece. 

“y o u c a n n o t b u r y m y s i l e n c e" will be on view at 500X Gallery from Saturday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, March 11. For more information about composer, producer, and multidisciplinary artist James Talambas, please visit http://www.500x.org/james-talambas/. 

About 500X Gallery: 

Established in 1978, 500X provides one of the best exhibition spaces to up and coming artists in the city of Dallas. For many alumni, 500X has served as an entry point into the art world and have subsequently become prominent artists in the Metroplex and elsewhere including Vincent Falsetta, Otis Jones, Nic Nicosia, Frances Bagley, Tom Orr, Frank X. Tolbert, Randall Garrett, and Paul Booker to name a few. 500X Gallery exhibits work by the current board members as well as by guest artists who are featured monthly in its upstairs gallery. This allows 500X to continue to foster and introduce other artists from Texas as well as national and international artists to the Dallas/ Fort Worth art scene. For more information about 500X, please visit www.500x.org. 


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