Since 2009, Black Lake (comprised of Susan Jennings and Slink Moss) has collaborated to produce over a dozen multi-media art installations with video art, music and spoken word performances including “Flutter” (2012) "Gray Rainbow" (2011), “Snow” (2011), "Bloom" (2011) "Seek" (2010) "Toasting the Trees" (2009). They have installed and performed in art venues such as The RISD Art Museum, Freight+Volume Gallery, David Nolan Gallery, X-Initiative, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and The Wooly (hosted by Invisible-Exports and BOMB Magazine.
David Brody writes in a BOMB Magazine review of their first vinyl release “<Shake,” "Black Lake enacts a new paradigm...The duo triangulates the rock gig with the presentational detachment of a poetry reading and the DIY trickiness of an art installation...[Black Lake] is all about backing the audience off just far enough to create incantatory elbow room for (their) precisely strummed Mack Truck ragas." BOMBsite featured a simultaneous interview by Lydia Dona. Black Lake sound art is featured on the soundtrack of Pip Chodorov’s documentary film “Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film” which won a public choice award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2011. This year Black Lake released “Flutter,” music, sound art and spoken word, which is available as a download on bandcamp http://blacklake.bandcamp.com/A multi-media art and music performance at Freight+Volume in NYC launched this new work.
Black Lake received a residency this past summer at DNA Gallery in Provincetown, MA.In various configurations, David Humphrey on acoustic bass, Susannah Palmer on drums and Jesse Gammage on soundboard join Black Lake in the recording studio as well as in live performance.
Susan Jennings is a New York-based artist whose video, sculpture, and photography has been exhibited internationally. Her solo shows include venues such as Michael Steinberg Fine Art, White Columns, g-module (Paris), and a shipping container at the DIVA Art Fair at Miami-Basel. Her work has been included in group shows in venues such as Salon 94, White Columns, Pace Gallery, Mitchell Innes Nash, Baumgartner Gallery, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Sotheby’s, Miami Basel, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, and more. Reviewed in publications such as “The New York Times.” “The Wall Street Journal,” “The New Yorker,” “Modern Painters,” and “Time Out,” Jennings’ work has received acclaim by critics such as Holland Cotter, Ken Johnson and Andrea Scott. A graduate of Yale and Hunter College, Jennings is the recipient of various awards including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship, an Art Production Fund 'Artists at Giverny' Fellowship and Residency, a fellowship at the MacDowell Art Colony, and is currently a studio resident at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.
Slink Moss is a painter, filmmaker, performance artist and rock musician. His two bands, ‘Slink Moss and the Flying Aces’ and ‘Slink Moss Orchestra’ have released five CDs and have performed extensively in Chicago and New York City at venues such as Webster Hall NYC, The Vic and The Metro of Chicago and across America on several tours. As a performance artist he has shown at PS1, D’Amelio Terras Gallery and Performa 2009. He has written songs, which have appeared in major motion pictures and on MTV. Moss’s films have been screened at Anthology Film Archives (NYC), in San Francisco, Japan, Spain and France. A film he starred in, ‘Ghost Trip’ by Bill Morrison, has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art. Moss has developed soundtracks for numerous films including most recently Pip Chodorov's film entitled "Free Radicals." A graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996, Moss was awarded a year long World Views Studio Residency at the World Trade Center, NYC in 1999.