INTERVIEW: Stephen Hendee

Danielle Kelly is an artist and writer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kelly’s project-based practice ranges from installation to performance and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Portland. Kelly’s writing has appeared in such regional publications as Las Vegas Weekly and Desert Companion. Kelly is the Executive Director and Curator of the Neon Museum. She has done a series of interviews with artists with ties to Las Vegas for celebration of our music issue.

What is your relationship to sound in the studio?

My studio sits exactly one story above a cabinet shop’s gigantic wood planer and air compressor. The machines are so loud. The floor vibrates at different frequencies as they alternately turn on and cut out.


What is your relationship to music in the studio?

I need other sounds to distract me from the floor moving.

What, if anything, is in heavy rotation in your studio right now?

Syro Aphex Twin
SYMMETRY : Themes for an Imaginary Film Johnny Jewel & Nat Walker
In the Dark, Somewhere Out There, The Other Side Joe Frank – KCRW radio archives 1993-2001
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman (audio book)
Rumble Fish OST Stewart Copeland
Dopesmoker Sleep

What would be your desert island studio record?

Evol Sonic Youth

Stephen Hendee was born in California, US 1968. Stephen graduated from San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and later Standford University (MFA). He is best known for producing large-scale installations that are architecturally ambitious environments. The works often reference film and literary sources, inspired by a digital culture. His work has been exhibited at PS.1 Contemporary Art Center, The New Museum, Sculpture Center, and The Whitney Museum Of American Art at Altria. Recent awards include a 2014
Maryland State Art Council Artist Award in Sculpture. Find out more about him on his website.




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