Fine Art lecturer Barbara Knezevic's solo show LITHOPHONE opens Thursday 15th of March. For full details see below:
LITHOPHONE | Barbara Knezevic
Preview: Thursday 15th March 2018, 6 - 8pm
Oonagh Young Gallery is delighted to present a new work by Barbara Knezevic for the Gallery's 10th Birthday celebrations.
It is thought to be heavy to hold. Perhaps it has the dense, aloof weight of time and geology. Once, someone touched it, and they said it felt smooth and cold, unyielding and elusive.
The ‘Voice of the Canon’ from The Last Thing on Earth, 2016 (1)
In this new three channel video work, an art object is recorded while being subjected to a series of sonic and observational procedures; rubbed, scraped, struck, measured, reflected, tracked, rasped, played, probed, filmed, photographed.
This strangely shaped Carrara marble sculpture is the central protagonist of the video, yet it remains still and withdrawn, resistant to the persistent and frantic human attempts to extract sound from its surfaces.
The video work calls on the language of digital image making - green screening, GIFs, a palette of RGB colour - to evoke the material estrangement of art-objects, and our relationship to them, that can occur through their repeated digital representation on screens and other digital conveyances.
Although it is the central figure in the moving image work the sculptural protagonist is materially absent in the gallery space. It is visible only as a digital representation in triplicate, a stand-in version of itself that is conjured through the codes, pixels and the movement of minerals in the surface of the LCD screens.
Materially present in the exhibition are the digital LCD screens, speakers, cords, conduits and the array of supporting display objects that take their material cues from audio visual equipment; shiny black Perspex, dense grey acoustic foam, black plastic cables.
This array of objects are active; they are used to convey the moving images, transmit the video, supply power, amplify sound and physically support the digital screens. In other situations the screens, speakers, cords, conduits and display supports might be considered secondary objects; to be seen through, hidden or ignored. In this exhibition they are called to the viewer’s attention – equally as visible as the images and as present as the sound - as an embodiment of digital materiality.
Exhibition runs to April 19th
1 Text from a spoken word element of the exhibition by Barbara Knezevic, The Last Thing on Earth presented and commissioned by The MAC, Belfast in 2016
Lithophone, 2018, Barbara Knezevic. Credits; DP: Saskia Vermeulen, Percussionist: David Lacey, Sound: Ross Carew, Production Assistant: Emma McKeagney. Special thanks to John Beattie and Adam Gibney for their expertise and assistance on this project.
Barbara Knezevic lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Recent exhibitions include The Last Thing on Earth, a solo exhibition at the MAC, Belfast (2016), Exquisite tempo sector a solo exhibition at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (2017), City Agents, curated by Jussi Koitela, at EKKM, Estonia (2016), With Leftover Agencies, Gallery Augusta, Helsinki (2016); Duality of Form, Solstice Arts Centre (2016); Seachange, Tulca Festival of Visual Art, curated by Mary Cremin (2015); Frontiers in Retreat HIAP, Helsinki, Curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi (2015);ULTRA, The LAB, Dublin City Council, (2014); Whitewashing the Moon, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2012); After the Future, eva International Biennial of Art (2012).