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y o u c a n n o t b u r y m y s i l e n c e .



“y o u c a n n o t b u r y m y s i l e n c e .” will be on view at the gallery from Feb. 24 to March 11
(DALLAS, February 2018; source: CultureHype) – One of Texas’ oldest, artist run, cooperative galleries,

500X Gallery, is proud to present its next exhibition “y o u c a n n o t b u r y m y s i l e n c e .” by Fort Worth-
based composer, producer, and multidisciplinary artist, James Talambas. Featuring an immersive installation

with elements of sound, video, and sculpture, the exhibition will offer an intimate and interactive look at
domestic violence and its effects on mental illness. By focusing on raising awareness of mental health issues;
the artist hopes that the exhibition will give those dealing with similar issues a voice. The gallery will showcase
Talambas’ new works on display from Saturday, February 24 through Sunday, March 11 with an Opening
Reception on Feb. 24 from 7 to 10 p.m. 500X Gallery is located at 500 Exposition Ave., Dallas, Texas 75226.
“Music has always been the way I could connect with people. I wasn’t ever really able to express myself
verbally, but when I sat down at the piano, I found that I could speak clearly.” During his composition studies at
the University of Texas at Arlington, he started experimenting with musicians surrounding the audience,
creating a nearly immersive sound with new electronics and full-sounding compositions. Talambas began
working towards the creation of environments that could change a person’s viceral perception by using
frequency, dynamic, sound collage, tone, color, space, time, and technology. Although, technology and new
media are important elements of his work, the artist takes particular care in not allowing technology to
overshadow narrative and emotion, the most important elements of his work. “In my art, technology is a means
of expressing deeper aspects of humanity,” said Talambas.
Adding sculpture to his immersive sound compositions helps him speak to the audience through the narrative
of art, connecting to them on more than one level to the conversation of socio-political issues. A reoccuring
theme in his body of work, “y o u c a n n o t b u r y m y s i l e n c e .” serves as a conduit for the artist to
continue to discuss relevant social issues and make a difference through his work. “Mental illness is nothing
new and definitely not to me, but seeing hard-working, blue collar, creative people in such a dire position that
they are forced to choose between food or their mental health is heartbreaking. It’s an issue that we are not
placing enough importance on; we are not taking care of our people.” Diagnosed at age 15 with psychosis,
anxiety, and severe depression, Talambas gives viewers a look inside the mind of someone with such mental
health issues in one of the installation pieces using a variety of video and animations with multidimensional
sound design and score. One piece, a multi-sensory installation sharing the exhibition name, explores
domestic violence, abuse, and its effects on mental health. A personal passage will accompany the piece,
giving viewers a way to share their own story. These personal stories will anonymously be integrated into the
composed audio piece.

“y o u c a n n o t b u r y m y s i l e n c e “ will be on view at 500X Gallery from Saturday, Feb. 24 through
Sunday, March 11. For more information about composer, producer, and multidisciplinary artist James
Talambas, please visit
About 500X Gallery
Established in 1978, 500X provides one of the best exhibition spaces to up and coming artists in the city of
Dallas. For many alumni, 500X has served as an entry point into the art world and have subsequently become
prominent artists in the Metroplex and elsewhere including Vincent Falsetta, Otis Jones, Nic Nicosia, Frances
Bagley, Tom Orr, Frank X. Tolbert, Randall Garrett, and Paul Booker to name a few. 500X Gallery exhibits
work by the current board members as well as by guest artists who are featured monthly in its upstairs gallery.
This allows 500X to continue to foster and introduce other artists from Texas as well as national and
international artists to the Dallas/ Fort Worth art scene. For more information about 500X, please visit
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