Ormston House, Limerick
October 24 – November,23, 2013
David Beattie (Irl), Laura Buckley (Irl), Alexander Gutke (SW).
Ormston House in partnership with Limerick City Gallery of Art, will present Bring in the Noise curated by Mary Cremin. The exhibition focuses on artist’s whose practice engage with and appropriate technology creating assemblages and installations. Each of the artist’s works tends to investigate the everyday through science, technology, and mathematics. The works appeal to our natural desire to understand what surrounds us through visuals, sound and objects. The sound element of the works inhabit the space interacting with each other, creating a soundscape that is both playful and individual to each of the works
David Beattie’s pieces Auto-rock, 2013 and Erratic, 2013 combines Beattie’s interest in low fidelity sound and organic movements. The rock an inanimate object becomes a means to interrupt and determine the sound of the rotating record. The piece Erratic a 360-degree documentation of a rock in the landscape reflects on movement and our viewing of the elemental in the landscape, it echoes the rotation of the record player in Auto-rock and the repetitious voice punctuates its movement. The piece 12.8hz, 2011 is a sculptural work that emits a sound that is inaudible to the human ear. These works highlights Beattie’s preoccupation with the intermediary moments where physics, philosophy, technology and nature collide. The low fi nature of his works and the simplicity with which these objects are presented create a dynamic interplay between the relationship of the object and it becoming something other.
Laura Buckley’s, ZigZag (The Magic Know-How), 2013 is a projection of a visual landscape documenting the everyday objects that she comes into contact with, both inside and outside of the studio. Buckley manipulates footage interplaying it with images creating a texture and color that are both saturated and visually arresting. The mirrored structure allows for the images to expand and contract, the ambient sound of the work creates a rhythm to the visuals that accentuates the movement within the piece and the splicing of static and moving images creating a dialogue between the different visual techniques that Buckley experiments with that has it’s own visual narrative.
Alexander Gutke’s, 1-2-3-4 , is video work that plays with the notion of sculpture and performance. The lone snare drum and the cacophony of falling drumsticks focuses on illusionism, the cinematic and performance. Gutke’s work is investigative in that he is interested in the mechanics of the camera, film and slide projectors, he often uses these as tools to create a poetic and minimalist deconstruction of the apparatuses while in this film he engages in visual and aural trickery not to deconstruct the mechanics but to create an almost mystical performance without human intervention.
What connects these artists is the sense of illusion that pervades the works, they play with the viewer’s perception through both visual and sounds while also taking everyday objects appropriating them and reanimating them in an alternative context that is both poetic and romantic.