For You: Perfect Fifths
For You: Perfect Fifths was produced out of the For Me / For You Project, an ongoing, submissions-based project that aims to bridge the gap between artist and audience. The main purpose of the project is to experiment and play with the constant conversation between artist and audience, and see how these two voices can be united and used to create art. For You: Perfect Fifths is a response to a submission that was a list of words and phrases; ranging from "the neck of a cello" to "vessel." The words were unrelated, but all had some relationship to containment and sounds. Interested in this, I began to do research into music theory and found out a little bit about perfect fifths. Essentially, they are just two notes that are five intervals apart on a major scale. I then looked at composers who wrote concertos for cellos, and chose sections of those songs that include perfect fifths frequently, and wrote poems based on those sections. I chose the stairs of the Museum of Contemporary Art as my stage because they were a fairly clear reference to notes on a piano, and the rising/falling of a pitch. With the For Me / For You pieces, it's very important to me to stay within the language of the submissions; I think that's the way that they remain truly collaborative between myself and the person who sent me their submission.
Photos by Adam Mansour and Henry Jordan. More images here.
Luis Mejico is an artist living in Chicago, Illinois.