Feel the artwork through sound

Material Sound exhibition at Manning Regional Art Gallery

Material Sound exhibition at the Manning Regional Art Gallery is an experience of sound within art installations.

Material Sound is an original sound and kinetic exhibition featuring Australian artists at the forefront of sound experimentation in a contemporary art context.

The exhibition is multi-form, drawing together six art practitioners and collaborative groups, each creating an experience of sound within installations constructed from everyday materials.

Handmade instruments and electronics, recycled components, outmoded technologies, fake technologies, imagined sounds and silences are brought together to challenge the way we think about materiality in a cumulative sound experience.

“By having sound in exhibitions we ‘feel’ the works differently… we are engaged by other senses, our body is engaged, we walk through the pieces in a way that you can’t do with a painting,” explains curator Caleb Kelly.

Some of the works are ‘hands-on’, although this has been scaled back a little so that the exhibition is CovidSafe. It’s a fascinating exhibition to peruse, and lingering by each work, waiting for the sound to reveal itself is a reward as you experience Material Sound.

Material Sound features work by artists Vicky Browne, Pia van Gelder, Caitlin Franzmann, Peter Blamey, Vincent & Vaughan Wozniak-O’Connor and Ross Manning, whose works and practices investigate sound and materials within art and performance.

These artists are leading an international interest in the material qualities of sound and its modes of generation. In Australia, this interest particularly addresses the ecological consequences of the materials we so readily consume and discard.

Material Sound is a Murray Art Museum Albury exhibition, curated by Caleb Kelly and presented nationally by Museums and Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Material Sound will be on exhibition at the Gallery until Sunday 8 November.

Although the Gallery is unable to host opening events, there are still loads of ways to engage with us and enjoy the art experience. For more exciting events and exhibitions from the Manning Regional Art Gallery, head to mrag.midcoast.nsw.gov.au.

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