JULES GIMBRONE is Artistic Director and co-founder of PSSST. An artist and composer, Gimbrone combines sounds and objects to create immersive environments in an exploration of social and physical space. Using a variety of recording and amplifying technologies—in addition to materials such as clay, ice, and even the ambient sound of past performances—Gimbrone investigates how sound travels through space, bodies, and language as a way of exploring hidden or sublimated gendered systems. This ongoing engagement with the philosophical and conceptual issues surrounding spatial environments directly parallel PSSST’s investment in cultivating queer space.
Gimbrone received a MA in Sociology and Studio Art from Smith College in 2004, as well as an MFA in Music Composition from CalArts in 2014. Gimbrone has exhibited at venues including Théâtre de l’Usine, Geneva; LA><Art, Los Angeles; Park View Gallery, Los Angeles; Vox Populi, Philadelphia. Gimbrone participated in AVANT.org’s “Sonic Research: Psychoacoustics Session 1” at Moma PS1 in 2015, and the 2012 Symposium on Electroaccoustic Performance at Brooklyn College.
BARNETT COHEN is Artistic Director and co-founder of PSSST. As an artist, Cohen employs a wide-range of media—sculpture, installation, video, photography, writing, and works on paper—that serve as meditations on the space between the absence and the presence of the body. Much of his work is rooted in a long-term study of the shifting nuances of language, especially within the context of theatricality. Cohen’s on-going interest in the relationship between props, sets, language, and space inform both his practice and his involvement in PSSST.
Cohen received a BA in English Literature from Vassar in 2001 and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2014. His work has been exhibited at venues including Human Resources, Los Angeles; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; The International Center for Photography, New York; Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles; and La Galerie SEE Studio; Paris. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012.
PILAR GALLEGO is Community Outreach Coordinator of PSSST. Informed by their 'mutant subjectivity' -- a product of their transnational and transgender identities, Gallego's art practice looks into the body and its construction to unearth unconsidered potential. This embodiment leads to investigations into location, assimilation, gender, and our complicated desire for the Other. Gallego looks to the closet/wardrobe as a repository for potential selves, considering the ways in which design marks and speaks for the body. Their research continues to grow and expand into ideas where queer implications arise — op art, sculpture & installation, the object/subject in space, live movement & performance, and interactivity.
Gallego received their BFA in Creative Writing from the Pratt Institute in 2005 and an MFA from the Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts in 2015. They attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Yaddo in 2015.