Breaking the Rules of Perspective
SNR, May 17, 2012The show highlights works from Placerville artist Michael Hoffee and Sacramento artist Jon Bafus. Electric City is on display through May 30, at Bows & Arrows, 1815 19th Street.
The crowd is young and 50 percent bearded; a dog weaves in and out of the audience’s legs. Gentlemen Surfer takes the stage at 11:15 p.m.—at a show was supposed to be over by 10. Bafus politely thanks everyone for staying, puts on a headset mic and stretches like an athlete. As the band launches into its first song, Bafus explodes into a whirlwind of beats, more octopus than man. The proggy, jazzy music lurches from place to place, pulled by Bafus’ syncopated beats.
As a guy naps on the couch in the back, and the clock ticks toward midnight, Bafus, dripping with sweat, introduces the band’s next number—and in a sense, gets to the heart of his underlying artistic ethos:
“This is our last song,” he says. “It’s called ‘Keep.’ As in, ‘Keep. Doing. Things.’” ...