Seeing Sound: Sound Art, Performance and Music, 1978-2011

February 26, 2011 – May 29, 2011

Gordon Monahan: A Very Large Vinyl LP Constructed in Acoustic Space

Gordon Monahan
Seeing Sound: Sound Art, Performance and Music, 1978-2011
February 26 to May 29, 2011
Gallery 3 and Harris Hall
Reception: Thursday, March 10, 7 to 9 pm

The brilliant, irrepressible musician, composer and artist Gordon Monahan divides his creative life between Meaford, Ontario and Berlin, Germany. Drawing on the parallel legacies of avant-garde music and visual art, such as “furniture music” composed by Erik Satie (1917–1923) to the radical postulations of silence, noise and random sounds as music by John Cage in the 1950s, Monahan generates compelling acoustic events from commonplace articles and everyday situations. At the MacLaren, Monahan creates two room-scaled sound installations. A Very Large Vinyl LP … (2007) places the gallery visitor in the midst of an apparently rotating sound as if sitting in the centre of a giant phonograph turntable. The Chimney Effect (2011), a brand new work, harnesses the up- and downdrafts of MacLaren fireplace into an Aeolian harp.

This pair of installations are part of a multi-venue, travelling retrospective entitled Gordon Monahan: Seeing Sound: Sound Art, Performance and Music, 1978-2011. Other locations of this, the inaugural phase of the exhibition, will be on view during Spring 2011 at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, The Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough and the Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga.