Nalepa x Benton C Bainbridge: Sleepy Eyes

By November 19, 2019 Artwork

Sleepy Eyes is the first single off of the new Nalepa album Thoughtforms. Benton C Bainbridge has created a mesmerizing visual in counterpoint to the music, utilizing modular video synth prototypes from Dave Jones.

Together, the music and video evoke states of mind at the threshold of consciousness: subdued yet ecstatic. Bainbridge illuminates, “you know when there are clean sheets on the bed, the fresh air is gently blowing over you as the sheets lay lightly upon your body, and then you get a muted fuzzy buzzy happy feeling, as you start rolling down the path to dreamland? That’s what I hear in the music and the soporific aliveness I wanted to come across in the video.”

Sleepy Eyes premiered at the 2019 Abuja Art Week, presented by Naija Tech Creatives in an exhibition curated by Ihu Anyanwu in Abuja, Nigeria.

Benton C Bainbridge creates media art, collaborating with a wide range of artists, including Beastie Boys (as their VJ) and TV On The Radio (video synth FX for the “Staring at the Sun” video). Currently, the AV duo Rue Bainbridge is performing in London, NYC and L.A. with singing saw, modular synths and a hacked game console. Bainbridge was the resident media artist for 11 seasons of One Step Beyond at American Museum of Natural History. Benton is Artist in Residence at Andrew Freedman Home, where he recently showed video sculptures and moving paintings with the sold-out, immersive MoMA PopRally co-production, Beauteous.

Californian polymath Steve Nalepa is known for his vast and eclectic array of artistic collaborators, a key node in the electronic music scene cultivated through years of creating music and producing events. He releases music and tours with his bands The Acid (Infectious/Mute) and Airspace (Mute). Nalepa is a founding member of esteemed beat collective TeamSupreme, he has published award-winning art books through the self-launched Dilettante Press, scored several feature-length documentary films and devised/engineered Ableton Live rigs for such acts as Blood Orange, Nick Murphy, Drake and The Weeknd.

The pair have previously collaborated on videos for Flatlands (2007) and Daytime (2012).

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Benton C Bainbridge at work on the Dave Jones Video Synth at Andrew Freedman Home AIR.
Benton C Bainbridge at work on the Dave Jones Video Synth at Andrew Freedman Home AIR, Bronx, NYC.