Kelly Wood / Monika Grzymala

18 January–16 Feb­ru­ary 2008

Kelly Wood and Monika Grzymala

Curated by Jessie Caryl, this exhi­bi­tion of works by gallery artist Kelly Wood and Hamburg-based artist Monika Grzy­mala mixed two dif­fer­ent approaches to the struc­tur­ing, dis­tor­tion and sen­sa­tion­al­iza­tion of sound and space that can be inscribed in music and architecture.

Kelly Wood will show a new series of ten unique, large, near-monochromatic pho­to­graphic images that depict the binary code for­mats of dig­i­tal record­ings of ten songs. Vis­i­ble in each pho­to­graph are the wave forms and fluc­tu­a­tions in code pat­tern pro­duced by the sound. For this new body of work, Wood has selected record­ings of inno­v­a­tive Cana­dian elec­tronic or avant-garde music, rang­ing from Hugh Le Caine’s “drip­sody” — com­posed in 1955 from a sound sam­ple of a drip of water falling in a pail — to record­ings by Inter­sys­tems, the Nihilist Spasm Band, John Oswald and the UJ3RK5. An essay by Eric Bell enti­tled Sound and Mate­r­ial Signs accom­pa­nies the exhi­bi­tion along with sum­ma­rized notes about each com­poser, band or musi­cian. By encap­su­lat­ing ten com­po­si­tions per­formed between 1955 and 1990 in their sta­tic sonic residue, Wood’s pho­tos record and make vis­i­ble the abstract repro­cess­ing of an intrin­si­cally imma­te­r­ial human activity.

Based in Ham­burg and Berlin, Monika Grzy­mala has pro­duced recent site-specific instal­la­tions at Trans­mis­sion Gallery, Glas­gow, and in the exhi­bi­tion Free­ing the Line, curated by Cather­ine de Zegher for Mar­ian Good­man Gallery, New York. For this exhi­bi­tion, Grzy­mala will pro­duce an instal­la­tion enti­tled Dis­tor­tion, com­prised of approx­i­mately seven kilo­me­tres of adhe­sive tape. Dur­ing her two-week instal­la­tion process, Grzy­mala has built up lengths and lengths of tape into radi­at­ing clus­ters and stri­ated aggre­ga­tions of lines that con­nect to each other and to the floor and walls of the gallery. The look of Grzymala’s instal­la­tion is related to visual inter­fer­ence and pixellation—the ran­dom errors and dig­i­tal dis­tor­tions which appear acci­den­tally in elec­tronic imagery. In this exhi­bi­tion a steady, unwa­ver­ing line on the wall might rip­ple, buckle and peel out into a phys­i­cally reg­is­tered extru­sion as unex­pected as ran­dom­ized pix­els or impro­vised noise.

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