Phomohobes is a two person art collective comprised of Jason Cawood and Colby Richardson. PHOMOHOBES.COM
Phomohobes draw from a collected archive of appropriated images to create works that continue, while remaining resolutely outside of, the practice of traditional collage. The images they re-assemble are predominantly drawn from pre-1990 commercial sources and have thus outlived their utility in consumer culture. This chronological distance creates space for the images to be read in quotations, as “ideas” of images, safely removed from their initial function as mere, face-value representation. When combined together as collages, they a present an ambiguous, cryptic agenda, but they do so assertively. Their collages often take shape as garish, humorous and perverse juxtapositions of mid-20th century aesthetics, ancient Egypt, science, glamour, body parts and masculinity. These recurring themes create an insular world of open-ended symbology, where much of the interpretation relies upon what the viewer brings to the experience.
Mellotrauma is an audio/visual performance and collaboration between experimental musician and artist Jon Vaughn and Colby Richardson.
Mellotrauma is a composition for live performance utilizing audio and video feedback and electronic manipulations that is intended to both overwhelm and subdue the senses. Jon Vaughn incorporates both analogue and digital sound sources to evoke and transform the idea of experimental noise music manifesting in richly textural worlds embedded with fragmented melodies, cavernous bass lines and frenetic and spasmodic no-input mixing and tape-manipulated instrumentation. The accompanying visuals in Mellotrauma are created and altered in real time by Colby Richardson through the use of analogue video synthesis, video feedback, and no-input video mixing. By combining and sculpting these layers, Richardson creates an uncanny visual response to the tone and intensity of Vaughn’s consuming soundscape, collectively propelling the audience through waves and portals, blurring the boundaries between the two mediums.
Performance photo and video documentation taken at AKOUSMA III / October 2017 / Montréal, QB.