ARTIST: Yann Novak
TITLE: An End and a Beginning
Reconstruction of an audio tape from 3/8/52 of the Buslee
family in their parlor. All other sounds are synthesized, 6/04.
My objective as an artist is to create artwork that is an investigation
of my response to the world. Using collage as my means of investigation
I employ various sets of sounds or visual images. I deconstruct
these to create something new out of my subconscious responses.
I believe that through this process I will gain a deeper understanding
of my means of logic and reasoning. Using this interdisciplinary
approach to art, in the future I intend to explore the interaction
between visual and auditory collage.
Yann Novak was born in Madison, WI in 1979. At an early age,
he became interested in the worlds of both music and visual
art. He developed his primary medium, collage, via pieces which
combined found photographs with his own drawings, and prerecorded
LPs with loops and live instruments. In the 1990s, Novak performed
and exhibited his work throughout the vibrant Madison café
In 2000, Novak moved to Seattle and refined his methods, trading
in found images for original photographs and watercolors, and
turntables and vinyl records for a Mini Disc recorded and a
laptop, in order to achieve a more in-depth style of production.
Novak has released set of 5 limited edition 3-inch CDs "Three
Inches for Friends". In addition, he has produced two film
soundtracks, for "Learning" (which he also produced),
and "Neptune" (produced by Brian Murphy). Both movies
premiered at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, in 2003
and 2004, respectively.
Novak's work has withstood a series of changes in method while
always retaining and refining the strengths of his unique aesthetic,
exploring the overlap and intersection between presence and
absence, art and design, sound and music.
yann AT yannnovak.com