Remember that time you licked a windowpane when you were a kid? What might have seemed the strangest stimulus since you sucked on a penny, for Australian artist Lucas Abela that electrifying sensation is both a way of life and a dance with death. For the better part of 25 years, Abela has traveled the world — sometimes as Justice Yeldham and the Dynamic Ribbon Device, sometimes as Peeled Hearts Paste, sometimes as DJ Smallcock — playing jagged amplified shards of glass with his mouth and face, coming down fast like the greatest avant-garde beat-boxer never born. Captivating, terrifying and transformational, so powerful is his unique and spectacular sonic art that experiencing it will truly change your life — with just the right amount of power, for exactly the right amount of time, in precisely the right way.
Lucas Abela plays on Saturday, June 22 at the Coaxial Arts Foundation.