SOUTH BEND — The “How Are You? No, really… How are you? opens April 16 and runs through July 3 at the South Bend Museum of Art, 120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
A solo exhibition by local musician and artist Eli Kahn, “How are you? No, really… How are you? is a fully immersive audio and visual presentation of his debut instrumental solo album, which he wrote and recorded in his home studio during the pandemic and released in May 2021.
The record is intended to help listeners relax and increase their mindful presence during the turbulent times facing society.
The exhibition includes an immersive mix by Eric Friedlander from Los Angeles as well as video work by Kahn, created in collaboration with videographer Bryan Lewis from Elkhart.
Eli Kahn is a South Bend guitarist, producer, and improviser who graduated from Indiana University South Bend in classical guitar performance and music theory. He has performed for over a decade with various ensembles ranging from modern jazz and neo-soul to hip-hop, ambient music and experimental music. By looping live with a custom-built seven-string hybrid guitar, he is able to fill the roles of multiple instrumentalists at once.
In addition to performing live, Kahn creates immersive speakers and art installations, including a collaborative project with Saint Mary’s College professor Krista Hoefle, “STRT/SLCT,” at the Birdsell Project, “Treefort Music Fest” in Boise. , Idaho, and a permanent, quadraphonic soundscape installation titled “Portal to a Better Dimension”, a collaborative project with visual artist GIIIVENS, at Pier Park.
He was also a finalist in the ‘Time-Based Installation’ category of Grand Rapid’s ArtPrize 2021 for his immersive audio composition/installation, ‘(In My Dreams We) Levitate’.
A reception takes place from 5-8 p.m. on May 6 and includes a short live performance by Kahn at 6:30 p.m. The reception also celebrates the 2021 College Residency Exhibition and Around the Bend.
Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
For more information, call 574-235-9102 or visit southbendart.org.