November 19, 2016-January 21, 2017

Alexis Gideon
The Comet and the Glacier

Conversation with the artist: Saturday, November 19, 6:30pm
Opening reception: Saturday, November 19, 7:30pm-9pm
Gallery Hours: Saturday, November 19, 7:30pm-9pm
Extended Gallery Hours during Art Basel in Miami Beach: November 28-December 3, 10am-7pm

Locust Projects is proud to present The Comet and the Glacier, a new video opera and immersive installation by Pittsburgh-based artist Alexis Gideon. Originally trained as a musician and composer, Gideon is best known for his animated live video operas and related multidisciplinary artworks. Gideon’s exhibition at Locust Projects marks the first time that he has presented a new video opera within a specially conceived installation.

A multi-media work combining music, video, performance, animation, clay reliefs, and paintings on glass, The Comet and the Glacier is a meditation on memory as a creative act. Alongside the work’s presentation within the installation at Locust Projects, the artist will also perform The Comet and the Glacier at the space during the exhibition’s opening night on November 19, with additional performances scheduled during Art Basel in Miami Beach week in December. The show is accompanied by a publication specially designed by the artist, featuring hand-written lyrics layered over stills from the films and three contextualizing essays.

Gideon has performed his previous video operas at national institutions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, and internationally at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; and Time Zones Festival, Italy.


Alexis Gideon (b. 1980, NYC) trained as a composer and performer under the mentorship of jazz legend Anthony Braxton, and graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Musical Composition and Performance in 2003. Gideon considers music the backbone, and inspiration, for all his work. Combining research, literature, musical composition, painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance, Gideon has produced a number of music and video works, including The Crumbling (2015); Video Musics III: Floating Oceans (2012); Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong (2010) and Video Musics I (2008). Gideon has shown and performed his work nationally and internationally. In 2013, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City paired Gideon with William Kentridge in a joint exhibition. Gideon’s work is held in the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and a number of private collections.