OP-tic Experimental Artspace Hosts Japan Benefit on Friday

There will be a ton of visual art and performance to see tomorrow during First Friday (stay tuned for our Field Guide), including OP-tic's Japan benefit art/sound show.

The relatively new experimental artspace, owned by local sculptor/performance artist David Therrien, will host the Phoenix Radiation Experiment 1.0, as well as visual artwork by Yuko Yabuki and Margaret Bruning in a special "after-hours" exhibition.

During the show, which starts at 10:10 p.m., Therrien, interface-artist Yves AMU Klein, and electro-machine analog musicians, Elektrobahn, will create a live (and notably bizarre) soundtrack for the original 1954 Godzilla film using noise input from a radiation monitoring system that will be measuring local atmospheric radiation levels in real time.

The space's walls will feature "Heaven, Hell, and the Earth", a series of large-scale paintings by Yabuki, who's originally from Fukushima Prefecture, and a participatory art installation by Margaret Bruning. Bruning says her piece will invite the community to write genuine messages and responses to the ongoing turmoil in Japan.

OP-tic, at 333 E. McKinley Street, will open at 10:10 p.m. with a $10 sliding scale donation. Beverages and appetizers will be provided by local chef Mario Etsitty.

For more information, visit the OP-tic website.

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