Sound and Vision brings together three new works that explore the visual and sculptural potential of sound. The small group show is deliberately sparse, says its curator Lauren Simmonds, designed to give the artworks the necessary physical (and acoustic) space they need to be properly experienced.
“Emma Lashmar is a glass artist and she’s been working with glass and sound for the last few years,” says Simmonds. For her new work Lashmar is creating a curtain of liquid-filled glass orbs that are suspended on wire, “and when people walk through the space they trigger vibrations within the orbs that create sound.”
Ross Manning has created a large Pianola roll that will hang from the ceiling, but instead of producing sound, the sculpture will emit light, in the process transforming a hole-punched score into music writ in light on the gallery walls.
Sarah Duyshart’s installation consists of "a huge sieve that reacts to the vibrations of the building, which have been amplified with mics” says Lauren, “and over the weeks of the show they sift gently and very slowly, creating a meditative, time-based work.” Previously Duyshart has used white flour in a darkened space, but this time it will be black-on-white, Lauren explains, “She’s experimenting using with pulverised black tea, spices or maybe black lava sea salt, which would look really beautiful.” And in keeping with the exhibition’s sensorial, immersive qualities, it will probably smell mighty nice too.
The exhibition will also be accompanied by talks, performances, instrument making workshops and sound walks around neighbouring Brunswick.