HAMMER | ANVIL | STIRRUP
Curated by Richard Carr
In association with OpenGorey
Including works by David Beattie, Richard Carr, Edgardo Rudnitzky, John Wynne
Opening Reception: Saturday 2nd September at 3pm
Gallery conversation with exhibiting artists and Wexford County Arts Officer Liz Burns
Followed by a wine reception
Describing listening as a motile bond of entanglement, Salome Voegelin in her recent book ‘Listening to Noise & Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art’ puts forward that sound art must remain a strategy of listening rather than an instruction to hear. Referring to Maurice Merleau Ponty’s notion of being honeyed, a phenomenological approach to the world of perception, Voegelin proposes a criticality in listening, one of generative discovery through a fluid, fleeting sound-listener relationship.
HAMMER | ANVIL | STIRRUP presents the work of a key group of Irish and International artists whose current practices evoke a vitality and freshness in their engagement with concerns surrounding sound related artwork; from composition, physics and sculpture to noise, acousmatics and listening. Occupying both gallery spaces at Wexford Arts Centre, HAMMER | ANVIL | STIRRUP showcases the work of David Beattie [Ireland], Richard Carr [Ireland], Edgardo Rudnitzky [Argentina] and John Wynne [UK/Canada]. While each artist’s work remains specific to their own motivations and impulses, they come together in this exhibition to enquire into notions of listening as a critical practice while embracing the curatorial implications of exhibiting a number of ‘sound works’ within a gallery context; noise, interference and conflicting autonomies.
HAMMER | ANVIL | STIRRUP takes its name from the three smallest bones in the human body. Found in the middle ear; these bones perform as an interface between the inner and outer sonorous worlds. In a constant state of simultaneous reception and production, the Hammer, Anvil and Stirrup exist as both independent entities as well as an interconnected sonic system. Working on this premise, the exhibition aims to bring to the fore, enquiries into the practice of listening within the development of sound related art work and when exhibited, who, what or where does the sound belong. Through the combination of these works, the exhibition itself aims to act as a similar interface, generating its own internal logic and inviting you to enter its space and become entangled in the world around you.
HAMMER | ANVIL | STIRRUP includes a number of existing, but diverse sound works to form the basis of future conversation, investigation and discovery rather than commissioning new work to fit a tightly knit curatorial thread. The works bring divergent approaches to the notion of listening as a critical practice, investigate the role of listening outside of the term ‘sound art’ and invite prospective perspectives to its relevance going into the future.
CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP – Friday 22 September, 5-7pm
Join us this Culture Night, as composer and musician Laura Hyland will lead an experimental sound workshop for children. Responding to HAMMER | ANVIL | STIRRUP, children will be encouraged to listen closely and imagine how the sounds from the exhibition could fit into their own sound-worlds which they’ll create on the night! Open to children aged 10 years +, participants are invited to bring along their own favourite noisy object: that can be anything from saucepan lids to fidget spinners (no electronic toys or balls please!).
Places limited and booking is advised.
The exhibition will run in the lower and upper galleries of Wexford Arts Centre from Monday 4th September to Saturday 7th October 2017. For further information on the artists or the exhibition please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.