Eternal 30

Watch Flatland Gallery Evolve Throughout September

A coterie of artists will unfurl an interconnected, shifting exhibition at the Montrose gallery this month.

By Olivia Flores Alvarez September 4, 2019

Eternal 30, a month-long sound and light installation at Flatland Gallery, is an ambitious parade of visual and performing artists.

Built around standing installations by organizers Rachel Orosco (light projections and kinetic sculptures) and Tom Carter (recorded sound augmented with live performances), Eternal 30 was created with the stated goal of ​overcoming artificial barriers to expression.​ So, genre limitations—gone. Physical constraints—gone. And standard operating procedures—gone.

In a break from the usual exhibit protocol, Eternal 30 has a soft opening September 1 to 5, giving visitors a chance to view the installations by Orosco and Carter on their own, without integrating the presentations by other artists. Then Orosco’s and Carter’s works will change over time, both adding and removing elements. A long roster of visual and performing artists will interact with the installations as they evolve throughout the show’s run.

The official open​ing weekend for Eternal 30, September 6–8, features several performances of ​"Trichromatic Phenomena in the Service of Induced Color," ​a series of immersive, performance-based sound and light experiences by musician/visual artist/broadcaster Sam Rowell. ​Each 30-minute show is distinct with Rowell generating light patterns and sounds in real time. (The performances require total darkness and there’s no late seating, so adjust your arrival time accordingly.) ​Carter calls the black box performances “an installation-within-an-installation.”

Texas-based artist Ronald Llewelly Jones creates the largest piece of the exhibit, an outdoor yarn work extending from the gallery to the street. ​Two Mexico City based artists, Sara Raca and Barbara Lazara, are set to perform on September 14. Carter calls the two women “ritualistic poets specializing in animistic performances.” ​On September 27, just before Eternal 30 begins its closing weekend performances, Civic TV will hold a reception for participating visual artist Rick Reed.

Other performing artists include New York composer C. Spencer Yeh, Houston vocalist and performance artist Emilý Æyer, Houston sound artist Anisa Boukhlif, and New England electronic music composer Jason Lescalleet, among others. Visual artists, each displaying works for one week, include ​Randi Long, Lindsea Varisco, and Owen Lartson.

Carter says the ever morphing Eternal 30 is designed to reward repeat visits. "As the month rolls on, you'll see different iterations of Rachel's light installations, and [my] audio will evolve with each new contribution ... and become more complex," Carter says. "I expect the end of the month to be much more cacophonous than the beginning.”

September 1 thru 30. Free. Flatland Gallery, 1709 Westheimer. More info at

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