Tun­ing in to the art of sound

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An ex­hi­bi­tion ap­peal­ing to the ears rather than the eyes will open at Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre on Septem­ber 2, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the arts ad­vo­cacy group OpenGorey.

The show cu­rated by the Gorey-based artist Richard Carr is called ‘Ham­mer/Anvil/Stir­rup’ and will fea­ture sound in­stal­la­tions by Richard and fel­low artists David Beattie, Edgardo Rud­nitzky and John Wynne that seek to ex­plore the na­ture of sound and the prac­tice of lis­ten­ing.

The ti­tle is taken from the three small­est bones in the hu­man body which are found in the mid­dle ear and per­form as an in­ter­face be­tween the in­ner and outer worlds of sound.

The of­fi­cial open­ing at 3 pm will be fol­lowed by a gallery conversation be­tween the ex­hibit­ing artists and the Wex­ford County Arts Of­fi­cer Liz Burns and a wine re­cep­tion.

‘ There are only five works in the show be­cause they take up a lot of space and some of them move around the gallery. It’s quite min­i­mal but the sounds fill out the space’, said Arts Cen­tre Vis­ual Arts Man­ager Cather­ine Bowe.

Coin­cid­ing with the ex­hi­bi­tion, the Wex­ford com­poser and mu­si­cian Laura Hyland will lead an ex­per­i­men­tal sound work­shop for chil­dren NEW ROSS STAN­DARD on Cul­ture Night on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Re­spond­ing to Ham­mer/Anvil/Stir­rup, the chil­dren will be en­cour­aged to lis­ten closely and imag­ine how the sounds from the ex­hi­bi­tion could fit into their own sound worlds which they will cre­ate on the night.

The event is open to chil­dren aged 10 and over and the par­tic­i­pants will be asked to bring along their favourite noisy ob­ject which can be any­thing from sauce lids to fid­get spin­ners. Elec­tronic toys or balls are not en­cour­aged. Places are lim­ited and book­ing is ad­vised.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run in the lower and up­per gal­leries of Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre from Mon­day, Septem­ber 4 to Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

David Beattie is an artist liv­ing and work­ing in Dublin. He has ex­hib­ited widely at home and abroad in­clud­ing USA, Canada, Brus­sels, and Paris and has re­ceived a num­ber of Arts Coun­cil bur­saries

Richard Carr lives in Wex­ford and Dublin and has es­tab­lished him­self as one of Ire­land’s prom­i­nent young artists ex­hibit­ing along­side lead­ing lights such as Bill Vi­ola, Dorothy Cross, Alice Ma­her, Salome Voegelin, Eva Roth­schild and oth­ers. He grad­u­ated with a MFA from NCAD, Dublin in 2013 and is due to have his first in­ter­na­tional solo ex­hi­bi­tion in Lon­don in 2018.

Edgardo Rud­nitzky is an Ar­gen­tinian-born sound artist, com­poser, and per­cus­sion­ist who has been based in Berlin since 2003 and has ex­hib­ited in­ter­na­tion­ally. His works ex­plore the na­ture of sound in its phys­i­cal/ma­te­rial con­text and he has in­cor­po­rated this prac­tice in the­atri­cal set­tings, dance and films.

John Wynne is an award-win­ning artist whose di­verse work in­cludes large-scale sound in­stal­la­tions in gal­leries and public spa­ces, del­i­cate sculp­tural works, pho­to­graphs that pro­duce sound, fly­ing ra­dios and‘com­posed doc­u­men­taries’ that hover on the bor­ders be­tween ab­strac­tion and doc­u­men­ta­tion.

His work on lan­guage en­dan­ger­ment in­cludes a project with click lan­guages in the Kala­hari Desert.

He was artist-in-res­i­dence at two ma­jor cen­tres for car­dio­tho­racic and ab­dom­i­nal or­gan trans­plants, re­sult­ing in a book, a half-hour BBC Ra­dio com­mis­sion and sev­eral ex­hi­bi­tions, most re­cently Trans­plant and Life at the Hun­te­rian Mu­seum in Lon­don.

Van­ish­ing Mu­sic in­stal­la­tion by Edgardo Rud­nitzsky with wood, brass, pa­per and mu­sic box. Foil by David Beattie.

Grave by John Wynne with glass cab­i­net, video cam­era, mi­cro­phones, hear­ing aids, minia­ture vi­o­lin, metronome, pa­per and video.

The cast of The Man From Clare on­stage in Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre.

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