Martin Art Gallery
Ed Osborn: Standing Wave
November 14 – December 14, 2012
Standing Wave is a kinetic sound installation that forms deeply layered and visceral patterns of sound and physical motion. In it, speakers are held aloft by a set of tall, flexible, motorized poles that arc and sway. The sounds heard from the objects are sustained, and complex tones are linked to the shifts and changes in their movements. These tones comprise an undulating sound field that has a strong and tactile physical presence. The combination of kinetic, sonic and visual elements creates an immersive environment in which the terrain of activity continually shifts and evolves in an organic manner.
The title, Standing Wave, describes the reflection and interference patterns created by sound waves as they dissipate their energy in an enclosed space – patterns that define the space acoustically as the patterns themselves are contoured by that same space. Here, the title refers not only to the acoustic phenomenon that the piece, in part, explores, but as the movements in Standing Wave appear to oscillate between festivity and menace, it also serves as an allegory for the process and ambiguities of signaling at a distance.
Osborn has performed, exhibited, lectured and held residencies throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia New Zealand and South America. He is the recipient of many awards, including a DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Stipendium and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco and is on the faculty of the Visual Art Department at Brown University in Rhode Island.
Scott Sherk, sound artist and faculty member of the Art Department at Muhlenberg College, has curated the exhibition.
A reception to meet the artist will be held Wednesday, November 14, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the Gallery. Osborn will give a gallery talk November 15, 12:45 – 1:30. The exhibition, reception, and talk are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon – 8:00 p.m., additional hours by appointment.
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