Show runs Sunday May 3rd to Saturday May 16th
Private view Saturday 2nd May from 7pm – 11pm
Sonic Art is an exhibition at BLANK gallery running from May 3 at 1pm to Sunday May 16 at 8pm. Curated by sound artist and arts technologist, Mike Blow, the exhibition explores the use of sound in art, through recorded work, installations, new instruments and visualisations. Showcasing 11 emerging and established sound artists from the UK, Japan, France and Germany, the show features experimental and noise music, field recordings, music played by light, sound sculptures made from slinkies and touch-sensitive metal plants. Works in the gallery will be presented on a loop roughly one hour long, to avoid the exhibits interfering with each other. Other exhibits throughout the building will run concurrently. Audio and written commentary will be supplied.
Sound art as a medium is still an experimental form. From electro-acoustic music and circuit bending instruments through to sound sculpture and field recordings, the number of artists using sound is increasing, and they are widening our understanding of what sound is and what it can do. ‘Sonic Art’ reflects this trend by programming a broad range of work. Anyone who is interested in sound work, music, experimental instruments or aural history should visit the show.
Mike Blow has years of experience playing music and creating sound installations, and has designed digital art pieces for artists and organisations including Magnum Photos and the Folkestone Triennial.
BLANK is a studio and gallery complex run entirely by artists to house and support contemporary art in all its forms. The artists based at BLANK produce a vibrant and eclectic mix of work, including visual and sound installation, performance and more. Situated at the edge of Hove in Portslade, Blank is part of a wave of pioneering contemporary art venues and organisations, who, attracted by the industrial remoteness of the area, have moved here and are instigating change.
Opening Hours Thursday – Sunday 1pm- 8pm
Notes to Editors:
1. How to get to BLANK gallery:
Train: Portslade station, walk down Boundary Road towards the sea to North St. (last turning on right).
Bus: Number 1 stops around the corner or 49 to the station.
Parking: There is free parking on all the streets nearer the studio
2. Michael Blow lives and works in Brighton and lectures on digital art at Brighton University.
3. Age range:
There are several exhibits that are particularly suitable for children, as they can be played using the hands or with beaters.
4. Visitors with disabilities:
The show is particularly suitable for the blind. However there are some steps in and out of the gallery and some uneven floors elsewhere in the building. The building in not yet fully accessible for wheelchairs but please ring with inquiries and we’ll try our best to help.
Please contact us about joining our programme of free artists’ talks and exhibition tours at the gallery. Artists’ led workshops can also be arranged during the exhibition period.
6. More about the participating artists:
Sabine Vogel: recorded work, experimental music, live electronics http://www.sabvog.de/
Kathy Hinde http://www.kathyhinde.co.uk/
Joseph Young: Performance, field recording www.fieldrecording.org.uk
Sam Pearson: Sound sculpture http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/stuart/StudentArt/ast_id/83684
James Caldicott: Recycled metalwork, wind powered sound machines www.circuskinetica.com
Yu Matsushita (Yaporigami): Noise and glitch music http://creationofnoise.com
Harry Neve: Electromagnetic environmental sounds http://www.myspace.com/harryneve
Alison Ballard www.alisonballard.com
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