A great leap ahead – ex­hi­bi­tion a gift of sound and vi­sion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

NOW and then, when I can get my head around all the con­fus­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing lan­guage, I suc­cumb to at­tend­ing an art ex­hi­bi­tion. The in­vi­ta­tion to The Power Of Sound piqued my in­ter­est be­cause it promised the pho­to­graphs by Jor­dan-Lee Gar­butt would be com­ple­mented with a nar­ra­tive by poet Mo Li­bretto.

Thus armed with this scant in­for­ma­tion, off we went to Gar­butt’s stu­dio in Wood­stock to see what it was all about. Luck­ily we were in­tro­duced to Mo him­self, who ex­plained how Gar­butt had put dif­fer­ent paints on to speak­ers, played a va­ri­ety of fre­quen­cies to make said paint jump and leap about, and pho­tographed the re­sults. That’s an un­com­pli­cated de­scrip­tion. Even I could un­der­stand the po­ten­tial for in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties. “Yes! Uni­ver­sal vari­abil­ity!” said Li­bretto, de­lighted I had grasped it.

In the words of the press re­lease: “Em­pha­sis­ing uni­ver­sal in­di­vid­u­al­ity, The Power of Sound pho­tographed by Jor­dan-Lee Gar­butt aims to vis­ually man­i­fest a con­sciously lib­er­at­ing idea. Through the ma­nip­u­la­tion of sound fre­quen­cies, the dis­place­ment of ef­fer­ves­cent paints, and Gar­butt’s use of con­trast and colour gra­di­ents; the sub­jects in his art­work or­gan­i­cally trans­verse from sound waves into a vis­ual ca­coph­ony im­printed upon metal.”

I have as much ad­mi­ra­tion for the per­son who wrote hun­dreds of words about the ex­hi­bi­tion and the con­cept as I do for Gar­butt and Li­bretto.

A long and metic­u­lous process in­volv­ing much tweak­ing of con­trol­lable vari­ables while ul­ti­mately it was the uni­verse that de­cided the out­come and thou­sands of pho­to­graphs, de­cid­ing what made it to the ex­hi­bi­tion could not have been an easy task. My sim­ple take on it is that the pho­to­graphs are quite beau­ti­ful and strik­ing, es­pe­cially the one ti­tled Mother, which was por­trayed on my in­vi­ta­tion so I feel some­thing of a per­sonal affin­ity with it.

“My mantra is to change the con­scious­ness of the world by open­ing peo­ple up to new ex­pe­ri­ences and emo­tions that af­fect their out­looks in pos­i­tive ways,” says Gar­butt. That too I can un­der­stand, and I be­lieve it worked for me.

The Power Of Sound will be ex­hib­ited un­til July 30 at The Bal­cony, 157 Vic­to­ria Road, Wood­stock. See www.jor­dan­lee­gar­butt.com


An­dre de Vil­liers will per­form at the Acous­tic Mu­sic Fes­ti­val next Fri­day.

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