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Black Lake comprised of Slink Moss and Susan Jennings, integrates original music and lyrics, spoken word, amplified electric guitars, percussive jams, movement, shadows, noise, shiny sculptures, costumes, hand made percussive instruments—bathed in the abstract shimmering light of Jennings' video art. They have presented their multi-media performances in over a dozen times in both art and music venues such as The RISD Art Museum, The Tank, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, David Nolan Gallery, X-Initiative,179 Canal, Freight + Volume, among other venues. Black Lake is featured on the soundtrack of Pip Chodorov’s documentary film “Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film.” Their first record, a 7” vinyl with a limited edition sculpture, released in October, 2011 was reviewed positively by BOMB Magazine’s David Brody.This record includes sound art and spoken word as well as original music and lyrics. Simultaneously an interview of Black Lake by Lydia Dona has been published on bombsite. BOMB, along with Invisible-Exports Gallery, hosted a record release performance (with a video/sculpture installation as the set) at The Wooly in NYC in October, 2011.

Slink Moss (guitar, vocals, percussion,painting, drawing) is a painter, filmmaker, performance artist and rock musician. His two previous 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 Black Lake tracks for 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. Susan Jennings (guitar, perdussion, vocals, video art, sculpture, collage) is a New York-based artist whose video, sculpture, and photography has been exhibited internationally. Her solo shows include venues such as White Columns, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, g-module (Paris), and 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.