ACTUATE MY VOID
19 Mar – 17 April, 2011
“Fabulous exhibition – utterly absorbing and highly intelligent.”-
Preview: Friday 18 March, 5 – 7 pm
‘Actuate My Void’ brings three light and sound installations to Phoenix Brighton. The works make use of digitally generated audio,
Angie Atmadjaja’s work ‘Intrinsic’ comprises a single speaker and a series of sound-reactive light tubes hung throughout a darkened space. The acoustic properties of the room diffuse different elements of the audio throughout different areas, creating spatial structures of sound and light.
Four’, by Theo Burt, uses four suspended light panels and four speakers to present a series of intense colour and sound patterns. Panels synchronise and desynchronise, at times forming predictable rhythms, at other times collapsing into indeterminate, chaotic behaviour.
Peter Worth’s ‘Material’ presents sustained durations of static sound textures and solid colours. Reducing light and sound relationships to a minimal form, ‘Material’ investigates the limits of objecthood.
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This exhibition is presented in partnership with Lighthouse.
Lighthouse is a leading arts agency in South East England supporting, commissioning and showcasing new work by
Angie Atmadjaja works with space, sound and light, using acoustic phenomena to sculpt site-dependent sonic environments. Her works evolve between installations as they are restructured for the acoustic properties of each exhibition space. Her most recent acoustic work was completed during a residency as part of the AIR2011 at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre in Japan.
Theo Burt is a UK-based artist working with sound, video and light. His recent work focuses on issues surrounding the combined perception of sound and image. His sound films and installations are exhibited internationally and he released a video of his ‘Colour Projections’ project investigating sound and geometry on Entr’acte in 2009.
Peter Worth is a musicologist and sound artist. His research and work draws on contemporary philosophy to examine approaches to the use of technology in artistic practice and the relationship between ontology and aesthetics. Recent work includes the record ‘Auto 17’ (Or) with Theo Burt for the Automatics Group.
In the South Gallery
KEITH ESDALE & JOHN HIOM
Keith Esdale’s paintings are characterised by strong colour, rhythm and tonal dynamics. Starting with a figure or narrative element, he builds up and strips down successive layers of paint through a vigorous and gestural working process. ‘I have a long standing interest in how visual language, in the struggle to make something aesthetically harmonious, arresting and alive, can turn in on itself, concealing, just as easily as it reveals.’
John Hiom applies his technical facility with paint, coupled with a cold logic, to create images of ambiguity and disquiet. Animals and people appear, but almost too clearly; the vividness of light and dark, the fluidity of the brushwork or saturation of colour lead to an equivocation about what we are actually looking at. Small details such as how light falls on a statue or landscape, or the angle of perspective serve to distract and unsettle the viewer.