Working in multiple media, Rene Barge produces sound works, prints and videos. His works are described as "prismatic relays of the patterns he perceives around him. In each work lies the traces of complex orderings of distortions and filters. As records they simultaneously reflect multiple aspects of change at once, analogous to post-studio, post-digital cubism." (source: Emerson Dorsch) Barge earned a BFA from Florida International University in 1999, where he studied under his mentor, Christine Tamblyn. He has shown individual and collaborative works; notably sound collaborations with Gustavo Matamoros and David Dunn. Barge has shown at Dorsch Gallery since 1999.
GUSTAVO MATAMOROS lives and works in Miami as composer, sound artist, performer, curator and educator. He studied Music Theory/Composition at University or Miami (Dennis Kam, John Van Der Slice, 1979-83) and later with Earle Brown. He became interested in conceptual music, electronic arts and concert production. He was the technical coordinator of New Music America-Miami Festival (1987-88) and as director of SFCA he founded the Subtropics Experimental Festival of Music and Sound Arts (1989). In Miami, he is a member of PUNTO with Armando Rodriguez, and organizes Frozen Music, an ensemble with David Dunn and Rene Barge with occasional guest artists Russell Frehling and David Behrman. His sound installations have been exhibited at Miami Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, North Miami Center for Contemporary Art (now MoCA) and Bass Museum of Art, where he curated the group exhibit, SOUND. His large scale and public art projects include commissions from Carnival Center (now Adrianne Arsht); FIU School of Architecture; Vizcaya Museum and Gardens; in Miami, and Power Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His most recent project is Listening Gallery, a collective sound art public installation affixed to the facade of Artcenter/South Florida at the corner of Meridian and Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. He has staged projects and performed his own works in Germany, New York, New Mexico, California, Canada and Venezuela, with musicians and composers such as Jan Williams, Davey Williams, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Lou Mallozzi, Jim Staley, Ushio Torikai, Tom Hamilton and Thomas Buckner. He has also collaborated with visual and media artists such as Alison Knowles, Charles Recher, Shahreyar Ataie, Robert Thiele, Fred Snitzer, Larry Cresman, and with sound poet Robert Gregory. He recently lectured about John Cage at the John Cage Centennial Festival organized by the New World Symphony.