The Speaker by Susan Hawkins
In an Industrial site on a Sunday, listening to all the sounds outside the studio. The wind whistling through pipes, then hitting plastic strapping and birds singing on barbwire.
What is basic sound? And how do these sounds put together make a composition?
When music is made, a composition is arranged. When a visual Artist is putting together a work, they too are composing.
Working with sound artist Joseph Burgess to bring some sounds from my studio to make a simple composition into some thing quite extra ordinary.
The Speaker comprises of Three large drums, one speaker and one harp made from salvaged object around my studio.
Accompanying text by Kate Woodcroft
Post Leisure by Dan McCabe
Post Leisure is a solo exhibition of new work that explores the impact of Artificial Intelligence, the pursuit of automation and double-edged seduction of devices in creating a supposed labour-free ‘leisure’ society. His reflections upon the ethical and social implications of sophisticated AI applications that mirror human behaviours, leads to speculation upon the comparative rights of highly intelligent bots, and the notion of their value in terms of work and leisure.
McCabe’s works in metal, glass and paint objectify these ideas through the appropriation of the aesthetics and design of high-end tech devices. Visual patterns filtered across these works are extrapolated from medical scans and imaging, as if blurring the human brain’s primacy in intelligence with the reductive and rationalised finesse of its robotic counterparts.
Since graduating with Honours in 2012, McCabe has consistently exhibited in solo and group projects across Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. Most recently his work was included in spaced 3: north by south east at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, a major exhibition that celebrated the work of artist exchanges between Nordic and Australian artists. Late in 2018 he was additionally the recipient of the FAC-Art Ichol Artist in Residence Program in India.
Accompanying texts by Dr Christina Chau and Guy Louden.
Please Join us on March 15th from 6pm for the opening of The Speaker by Susan Hawkins and Post Leisure by Dan McCabe
Image courtesy of Susan Hawkins