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Lee Ranaldo

IKOB x Meakusma pres.Lee Ranaldo “THE ROAD, LIKE THE RIVER, IS EVER CHANGING AND EVER THE SAME”


Lee Ranaldo (b. 1956) is an all-round artist who moves freely between genres. Although he is best known as a co-founder and member of the alternative rock band Sonic Youth and considered one of the best guitarists in the world, he is also active as a sound, performance and visual artist. Ranaldo publishes travel, poetry and artist books and his art has been shown in numerous galleries and museums, including Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art and Hayward Gallery in London. Lee Ranaldo and the concurrently exhibiting artist Johan Tahon have known and appreciated each other for many years, and now have the opportunity to exhibit their art together for the first time at IKOB.
 
At IKOB, Ranaldo will show the latest works from his ongoing “Lost Highways” series, drawings he creates while traveling. They are quick sketches made in the front seat of his tour bus while driving through various landscapes, speaking both to his life as a rock musician constantly on the road and to his artistic sensitivity.
 
Since the late 2000s, Ranaldo has increasingly focused on sound art performances, such as the well-known installation “Suspended Guitar”: a guitar suspended from the ceiling that he wields with a violin bow or his bare hand. For the opening of his exhibition at IKOB on November 13th, 2022, the artist will present the performance HURRICANE TRANSCRIPTIONS, performed solo for the first time in Europe. On a concert keyboard, Ranaldo composes his interpretation of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Northeast coast of the United States in October 2012 and took the lives of 233 people.
 


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