Sound Art: Pushing Boundaries and Making Noise

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If you attended the Fuentiduena Chapel exhibit produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you would find no paintings on the walls.  Nor would you find sculptures placed around the room.  What you would find there are forty speakers.

But the speakers themselves are far from art.  They are merely the tools by which Janet Cardiff produces “sound art”.

While many think of music as the ultimate art of sound, “sound art” comes at the ear in a different way.  With Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Part Motet, each speaker elicits the voice of an individual recorded singer.  All forty speakers are synchronized so that when you step away, you hear them singing in chorus.  However, if you step near an individual speaker, you can hear that singer’s voice separately.  It is essentially pointillism for the ear.

Not all sound art is purely auditory.  Some has visual aspects too.  Martin Klimas splatters paints in bright colors over a scrim stretched across the diaphragm of a speaker.  He then plays something percussive and dynamic, from Miles Davis to Bach.  As the paint reaches its splattering heights, Klimas photographs the chaos.  His work is more Pollock than pointillism.

Sound artists have long been challenging the mainstream, but are finally getting the recognition they deserve.  No longer pushed into closets and hallways of museums, sound art is on display for all to learn from and experience.

The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany supports art of all forms, including sound which is a very uncommon form of expression in the world of art. View our gallery to see the beautiful pieces our studio artists have created.

Source: Art News