Gary James Joynes/Clinker Artist Talk this Saturday!
Gary James Joynes’ Frequency Painting: 12 Tones, currently showing in the L53 Main Space, has sparked a lot of questions and discussion around the gallery. Get yourself some answers at Gary’s artist talk, this Saturday, February 5th at 2:00 PM. Find out about his two year journey of bringing us this exhibition. You’ll have to see it (and hear it) to believe it!
This talk will address:
- Initial inspiration
- A brief history of Cymatics
- Formulating the concept
- Designing and building wave driver machine prototypes
- Experimenting with wave drivers and developing drawing techniques with sound waves
- Composing the 12 Tones audio piece
- Working with Dr. Scott Smallwood on the software programming/circuit design/circuit construction of the interactive sound wave generators.
- A demonstration and performance with the individual 12 Pure Tone Units illustrating the layering and evolution of the musical piece.
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Carolyn Jervis covers our shows for VUE Weekly
Carolyn Jervis, formerly of L53 Writer-in-Residence fame (you can re-visit her posts here), reviewed both our current exhibitions in this week’s edition of VUE Weekly.
On Brandon A. Dalmer’s Too Drunk to Fuck, she writes:
“[Brandon A.] Dalmer plays upon the human imperative to find pleasure in voyeurism through his series of peep holes, dioramas and prints of mundane and disconcerting neighbourhood life. ….This feeling of covert looking… is seductive, and creates an intense desire to scour each object and scene to seek out the story.
“Dalmer bars viewers from the satisfaction of a clear and singular story in any of his works by refusing to give the spectator enough information to create one. ….[He] draw[s] viewers in through voyeurism and nostalgia, only to present the realization that something sinister is going on beneath the veneer of these clean and tidy neighbourhood scenes.”
And on Gary James Joynes/Clinker’s Frequency Painting: 12 Tones:
“These images are fascinating to think of as snapshots of sand sculpted by sound. This is where the sense of awe comes in, as you consider that the striking differences in how every sand sculpture was formed is due to a manipulation of hertz. ….Experiencing this exhibition is an exercise in endurance. It is more than just visual or aural presentation. It is a visceral encounter to view beautiful images made through a stunning process, and to do so while the sounds reverberate through your body.”
You can read the rest of Carolyn’s article here.
Stop by the gallery this week, and see these two amazing shows for yourself. And don’t miss out on Gary James Joynes’ artist talk, this Saturday (Feb 5) at 2:00 PM! Check out the Facebook event for more info.
Gary James Joynes in the Edmonton Journal
This Saturday’s Edmonton Journal features an article on Gary James Joynes’ exhibition at Latitude 53. Sandra Sperounes, the Journal’s music writer, talks to Gary about the occupational hazards of bringing us this show:
Joynes endured hours of “sheer violence and cacophony” to shape the sand, using an analog modular synthesizer — a large contraption which resembles an old telephone switchboard — and a bass speaker emanating frequencies cranked as high as 120 decibels.
“The amount of volume I had to pump into (the machine) to push the particles around was deafening,” says Joynes…. “It was the most unpleasant thing to have to put yourself inside of — a lot of these frequencies are very high and piercing, they go right through your body. I had people come into my studio and it would make them physically ill. They’d have to leave. It became a challenge — I had to ignore what I was being bombarded with.”
Check out the rest of the article for more about Gary’s show, and be sure to add Sandra’s blog to your RSS—she always has great insights into local music and culture.
Gary James Joynes’ opening reception
For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some photos from Gary James Joynes’ opening reception last night at Latitude 53. Thanks to everyone that braved the cold to join us!
All photos by Cameron Ambrose
Gary James Joynes/Clinker interview
Vague Terrain has posted an interview with Gary James Joynes/Clinker about his exhibition, Frequency Painting: 12 Tones, opening at Latitude 53 this Friday. Read it for some great insights about Gary’s complex process, and how the Frequency Painting series came to be.
Turns out, Gary risked his life to bring us this show:
“The “iteration” of the various wave driver prototypes came out of necessity… quite simply through my process in running these machines and learning how hard I could push them… I just kept blowing them up!”
On his goals for the Frequency Painting series:
“My goal was to create a “wave driver” machine that would be powerful (and precise) enough to sculpt with… to be able to “draw” and shape detailed lines in the sand. I felt I needed an instrument that I could actually “play” to finesse this sound wave energy.”
On discovering what “visual music” can be:
“I have never experienced visualization like this before – to me this is the purest essence of what “Visual Music” can be. I feel like I am now able to compose and direct a kind of poetic abstract audio-visual ballet that is alive in the moment.”
Read the rest of the article to find out more, and be sure to check out Gary’s show, opening this Friday at Latitude 53!
Gary James Joynes/Clinker on Vague Terrain
Digital arts online magazine and blog, Vague Terrain, has posted Gary James Joynes’ artist statement for his upcoming show here at Latitude 53. Take a read-through and learn about Gary’s inspiration and process:
Frequency Painting is a body of work that looks deep into the visualization of sound by looking at the sculptural potentials of resonant frequencies. Using a custom designed analog modular synthesizer and several hand-built “wave-driver” speaker instruments, I manipulate audio frequencies to push their signature wave shapes into fine particulate sand. Producing the quality of images displayed in this body of work has taken nearly a year of work and an endurance of mind and body that I could never have imagined.
Vague Terrain will also be posting an interview with Gary later this week.
Don’t forget to come and see Gary’s work for yourself this Friday, at his opening reception from 7 – 10 PM at Latitude 53. See our Facebook event for more information.