“Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork: Poems of Electronic Air” at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge

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With a background in digital music composition and archaeoacoustics, in addition to involvement in noise, digital, and dance music scenes, Kiyomi Gork creates spatialized environments that function on the collaborative intersections of sound, communications applied sciences, sculpture, structure, and efficiency. Combining current sculpture with a newly commissioned, site-specific set up made for the concrete areas inside the Carpenter Middle’s iconic Le Corbusier-designed constructing, the exhibition will depart from an array of the artist’s pursuits, from the sonic histories of membership tradition and the live performance corridor, to the protecting qualities of clothes, to the resonances of Brutalist structure.

On view within the Stage 3 galleries can be a sequence of larger-than-life “sound blanket” sculptures product of wool and silicone that resemble completely different kinds of coats; a sound and sculptural set up comprising a dense cluster of wool and fiberglass columns, black river stones, and an interactive sound part that includes contact microphones and bespoke amplified playback. A brand new out of doors fee on Stage 1 will convey collectively comfortable structure that inflates and deflates alongside a brand new musical composition sited inside the middle’s public, column-filled, sunken concrete plaza.

Comprised of hand-felted wool, the artist’s personal hair, artificial hair, satin and mesh lining, and metal {hardware}, these “sound blanket” sculptures operate as huge outerwear-referencing overcoats, puffer jackets, and kimonos. These objects take up and redirect sound by means of their materiality and warp the expertise of area with their confounding scale—absurdly giant if worn but simply sufficiently big to successfully change the acoustics within the area. With a longstanding curiosity in clothes design and a background in sound design, Kiyomi Gork constructs every sculpture’s form from enlarged patterns of jackets from the artist’s personal closet. As a bunch, they buffer sound whereas providing types which are concurrently welcoming of their softness and confrontational of their function as outsized doubles.

Inside the Carpenter Middle’s central gallery, the artist will create an set up that continues her sequence Options to Widespread Noise Issues. A rippling, suggestively corporeal wall sculpture product of felt joins a dense cluster of coloured wool and fiberglass columns that mimic the Carpenter Middle’s present concrete columns. These works, which soften and recast the concrete stability of Le Corbusier’s modernist structure, will rise from a layer of black river stones masking a platform raised above the gallery flooring. Guests are inspired to stroll throughout the stones, beneath which contact microphones decide up sounds which are fed by means of signal-processing software program and amplified again into the gallery atmosphere. Like a lot of Kiyomi Gork’s works that analysis suggestions methods and sounds inside constructed environments, this set up casts the viewer within the function of energetic participant in cultivating embodied information by way of deep listening in relation to sculptural and sonic types. The brand new fee for the Carpenter Middle can be put in within the out of doors plaza. Considered from the area’s perimeter, the kinetic sculptures will resemble an inflatable bounce home, accompanied by music performed by means of loudspeakers. The musical composition, keyed to the sonic id of the sunken plaza, is designed to combine the blaring sound of the air blowers, affectively mixing the thrum of business mechanics with recorded string devices.

at Carpenter Middle for the Visible Arts, Cambridge
till April 7, 2024


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