Matthew Marcum - Pollock: A Frequency Parable

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Audience

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Reviews: 4

“When music is theatre and theatre is Art!” Matthew Marcum, Artistic Director and co-founder of The Unconventional Empire, explodes onto the stage using a combination of dialogue, music and experimental sound to explore the world of expressionism in art and paying homage to rock star expressionistic-icon, Jackson Pollock. After premiering at The New Experimental Works Festival in San Francisco, CA this piece has continued to pick up steam across the country, appearing at the St. Louis Fringe Festival, where this piece received the Artistic Innovation award, and most recently at The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, where it received the Fringiest of the Fringe Award for 2018. Matthew Marcum – Pollock: A Frequency Parable is an avant-operatic sound performance piece that explores elements of abstract expressionism through nonlinear narrative and extended vocal techniques. By re-conceptualizing key elements used in this revolutionary style of art making such as energy, motion, scale, and improvisation, a challenge is presented to both the performer and the audience to free the voice from the confines of form and language allowing it to transcend tradition and be experienced for it's potential – Modern Art. The creator of this piece, Matthew Marcum, is an interdisciplinary performance artist that infuses text, sound, movement, and optics to create contemporary theatre productions, live art exhibitions, and conceptual installations. Mixing southern charm and fierce intellect Marcum's work is both innovative and captivating giving new definition to what it means to be an “expressionist”. The Unconventional Empire was created 3 years ago to produce innovative and avant-guard performance pieces that range from solo performance art to immersive workshops that challenge performer and audience alike to explore the world around them from an approach of mindfulness and creativity. The Empire consists of Creative and Artistic Director Matthew Marcum and Producer / Stage Manager Shannon J. Spencer. This creative powerhouse duo began their partnership in Nashville, TN in 2012 and began their collaboration on The Unconventional Empire in 2014, producing numerous projects together incorporating a wide variety of topics and techniques. Select titles include: The Guardian: I am Edward Snowden, Surreal Estate, Noted, Bathing Suit, The Existential Emporium, and most recently Matthew Marcum – Pollock: A Frequency Parable. This piece has a run time of 20 minutes and includes music, video projection, and theatrical lighting. Content is appropriate for all audiences. More information can be found at www.theunconventionalempire.com concerning Matthew Marcum – Pollock: A Frequency Parable.

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Like diving into a pool of art. Jumping off the brain and splashing into pure spirit with a mouthful of passion on the way up. Wow, so that is what art is about. Love it!

sweet - Lisa Verlo


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The show ran about 30 minutes and, although I wish it was longer, it was a complete performance. I felt satisfied and replenished, and inspired to do some of my own self expressing and creating.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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Marcum's overall effect does capture the sharp alacrity with which Pollock assaulted the canvas. While one may or may not care for his attempt or may argue his success in achieving what he purposed, there's no denying Pollock: A Frequency Parable is the essence of “Fringe.”

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


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I saw this piece as part of the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival in January. It was awesome! It was a very strong piece that combines concept and performance to pay homage to modern artist Jackson Pollock, while exploring new forms of modern art through vocal experimentation. Marcum brings his on style of flare to the stage and takes you on a ride.

sweet - Michelle Fleetwood


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I attended this show in LA a few months ago and can't wait to see it again as part of Hollywood Fringe '18. It is a fun and exciting time. The optics are great and the soundtrack is infectious.

sweet - Summer Spencer


Shannon Spencer

Pollock: A Frequency Parable is a rock-and-roll time, not to be missed. The definition of Fringe Theatre.

sweet - Jill Spencer


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The show ran about 30 minutes and, although I wish it was longer, it was a complete performance. I felt satisfied and replenished, and inspired to do some of my own self expressing and creating.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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Marcum's overall effect does capture the sharp alacrity with which Pollock assaulted the canvas. While one may or may not care for his attempt or may argue his success in achieving what he purposed, there's no denying Pollock: A Frequency Parable is the essence of “Fringe.”

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


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Like diving into a pool of art. Jumping off the brain and splashing into pure spirit with a mouthful of passion on the way up. Wow, so that is what art is about. Love it!

sweet - Lisa Verlo


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I saw this piece as part of the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival in January. It was awesome! It was a very strong piece that combines concept and performance to pay homage to modern artist Jackson Pollock, while exploring new forms of modern art through vocal experimentation. Marcum brings his on style of flare to the stage and takes you on a ride.

sweet - Michelle Fleetwood


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I attended this show in LA a few months ago and can't wait to see it again as part of Hollywood Fringe '18. It is a fun and exciting time. The optics are great and the soundtrack is infectious.

sweet - Summer Spencer


Shannon Spencer

Pollock: A Frequency Parable is a rock-and-roll time, not to be missed. The definition of Fringe Theatre.

sweet - Jill Spencer