New Stanley Picker Gallery exhibition explores sound and making


Sound Matters: Exploring Sound Through Forms considers the connections between craft practice and sound art. Seven contemporary works by artists Max Eastley, Keith Harrison, Cathy Lane, Owl Project, Scanner & Ismini Samanidou, Studio Weave, Dominic Wilcox & Yuri Suzuki, have been selected to illustrate ways in which these two distinct practices can collide. Exploring the physicality of sound, the works are characterised by both their sonic properties and materiality.

The makers and artists represented in this exhibition demonstrate how an engagement with sound also implicates an engagement with matter. Drawn from across creative disciplines, each work is indicative of a different approach: looking to traditional craft heritage and processes such as weaving and woodturning to create new sound forms, playing with shared technologies and language and revealing the sounds of materials. With its equal emphasis on sound and form, Sound Matters offers a new and multi-sensory engagement with craft, with each work demanding to be heard as well as seen. With works of varying scale and volume, it is as important to listen as to look to fully experience the show.

Sound Matters is produced by the Crafts Council with David Toop, Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at University of the Arts, London as curatorial advisor, and with exhibition design by Faudet-Harrison, Lecturers at Kingston University.

Launch Event: 6-8.30pm Wed 2 October. All Welcome.

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Image credit: Studio Weave Polyphony (2013), Courtesy Studio Weave