Artist Justen LeRoy offers insights into Lay Me Down in Praise, his three-channel film installation at Art + Practice that asks how the scream, moan, and melisma—also known as the vocal run— provide a sonic route toward Black environmentalism.
Justen Leroy (b. 1994) is a multidisciplinary artist and curator born and currently living in Los Angeles, CA. His work focuses on unearthing expression through sound and performance works that investigate Black vocal nuance. Recently, he co-curated Noah Davis at The Underground Museum with Helen Molesworth and contributed his sound work “LEAVE A MESSAGE” to Hammer Museum’s Made In LA 2020: A Version