Transience: The Work of David Molina and Music Issue Release Party.

Join us for our first event of 2013 in celebration of the Music Issue and Transience: The Work of David Molina. An exhibit on the art of sound. Show open through February 28, 2013. Gallery hours: are 11am to 6pm, every Wed through Sat.

Curatorial Statement
Transience provides a retrospective look at David Molina’s theatrical scores and music compositions as well as his collaborative works with Bay Area artists including Garrett La Fever, Mickey Tachibana, Cause Collective, Susie Valdez, Victor Cartagena, Violeta Luna, Roberto Varea, and Anna Geyer. The exhibition presents existing and new interactive works such as Memory Web, which showcased at SOMARTS and the 2012 San Francisco Fine Art Fair. For this particular exhibition, Molina will be presenting his latest interactive work, Rusting Souls, which entailed a deconstructing and reconstructing of the Cimbalom, an instrument originally from eastern Europe.

Also featured is “A Dividing Line: American Ashes”, a 14 channel speaker installation about immigration, the border, and the lives that cross it or are separated by it. Molina and Roberto Varea conducted interviews with immigrants who shared their personal accounts of crossing, migration, and assimilation. Found interviews of militiamen, politicians, and anti immigrant propaganda counterpoint the migrant stories.

Spanning Molina’s installation works to a comprehensive discography, Transience assembles a collection of intricately re-imagined instruments, such as Homage to Musee Mecanique: A Game Of Time, The Chimes of Seven Spells, The Broken Heart Sings, a plethora of parts pieced together to create a multifaceted and unique experience of sound.

Hearing has the capacity to command our being by forcing us to listen and understand the world. The imagination works in conjunction with sound allowing us to envision our environment or awaken a long obscured tale. The works in Transience seek to envelop the listener into narratives and a tactile experience of music. With no specific starting point other than the listener, the exhibition emerges as a study of contemporary music making and how stories can be told through beautifully and meticulously strung notes by the artist-musician’s hand. Transience is an examination of how music affects our understanding of personal histories and interactions as well as our perceptions of sound.

You can hear and preview his work at

- Dorothy Santos, Arts Editor and Curator

Artist Bio

David Molina is an award winning composer, musician, sound artist, sound designer, and studio/live sound engineer. He has created music and sound design for theatre, dance, film and video, multimedia installation, performance art, and radio for over 17 years . He also has been performing and writing all types of music in various bands or ensembles throughout his life. Molina believes the recording studio is just another instrument, but with infinite possibilities. He combines it with his wide collection of instruments and composition skills to deliver non-conventional and moving scores which draw in the viewer/listener without upstaging the visual or text element. Every soundtrack is unique and sensitive to each project’s needs. On the technical side of music, Molina is a seasoned studio engineer and live sound engineer who delivers top quality results whether it be a rock band’s EP, stage musical, radio production, or film soundtrack.

Wednesday-Saturdays - 11am - 6pm

3156 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110