1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
5 over 4 is a group exhibition featuring five contemporary artists working with sound as part of expanded practices in video, installation, sculpture, drawing and performance. These artists probe concerns surrounding listening modes, silence and noise in art and daily life, music and ordinary sounds. The exhibition title refers to a polyrhythmic pattern where several lines of rhythms syncopate to introduce complexity and irregularity to a beat. Here, lines in various sensorial and conceptual registers will run in parallel and also at times intersect. This may sound geometrically incorrect, but this proposition will bend the lines with a combination of playfulness and rigor.
Opening: Friday, May 2, 7:00pm
Marla Hlady draws, makes sculpture, works with sites and sounds and sometimes makes video. Hlady's kinetic sculptures and sound pieces often consist of common objects (such as teapots, cocktail mixers, jars) that are expanded and animated to reveal unexpected sonic and poetic properties often using a system-based approach to composition. She’s shown widely in solo and group shows including Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY) (2012), Oakville Galleries (Toronto) (2011), YYZ Artist’s Outlet (2008), Klink and Bank (Reykjavik, Iceland) (2005), New General Catalog (Brooklyn, New York) (2005), the Art Gallery of Calgary (2003), Apexart Gallery (New York) (2002), Museo di San Domenico (Imola, Italy) (2002), L’Oeil De Poisson (Quebec City) (2002), Neutral Ground (Regina, Saskatchewan) (2002), The Power Plant Gallery (2001), The Nunnery (London, England, 1999). She has mounted site works in such places as the fjords of Norway, a grain silo on the Funny Farm, an apartment window in Berlin, a tour bus in Ottawa, the Hudson’s Bay department store display window, an empty shell of a building and a roof top. She also, at times, collaborates. Hlady completed her BFA at the University of Victoria, and her MFA at York University. She currently lectures at the University of Toronto and is represented by Jessica Bradley Gallery.
Eleanor King presents installations and performances nationally and internationally, most notably at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (TO), Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Nuit Blanche (TO), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Confederation Centre Art Gallery (PE), and Galleri F15 in Norway. She received a BFA from NSCAD in 2001, and participated in residencies at The MacDowell Colony, The Banff Centre, Atlantic Centre for the Arts, New Adventures in Sound Art, and the Centre for Art Tapes. She has been awarded grants from the Canada Council and Arts Nova Scotia, and was short-listed for the 2012 Sobey Art Award. Inspired by everyday life, Eleanor's work employs interdisciplinary strategies to create site-specific installations using provisional materials and improvisational methods. Her musical history includes bands The Got to Get Got, The Just Barelys and new all-female group Wet Denim. She teaches media arts at NSCAD University and is Director at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Christof Migone is an artist, curator and writer. His work and research delve into language, voice, bodies, performance, intimacy, complicity and endurance. He co-edited the book and CD Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language (Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, 2001) and his writings have been widely published. He obtained an MFA from NSCAD in 1996 and a PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University in 2007. Throughout the past decade, he has curated a number of events, most recently Should I Stay or Should I Go (Nuit Blanche 2010 - Zone C), and for the Blackwood Gallery. He has performed internationally in the United States and Europe and has released seven solo audio cds on various labels. Christof has had installations at the Banff Center, Rotterdam Film Festival, Gallery 101, Art Lab, eyelevelgallery, Forest City Gallery, Studio 5 Beekman, Mercer Union, CCS Bard, Optica. A monograph on his work, Christof Migone - Sound Voice Perform, was published in 2005. In 2006, the Galerie de l’UQAM in Montreal presented a mid-career survey of his work accompanied by a catalog and a DVD entitled Christof Migone - Trou. A book compiling his writings on sound art, Sonic Somatic: Performances of the Unsound Body was published in 2012 by Errant Bodies Press. He has been the recipient of commissions from the Tate Modern, Dazibao, Kunstradio, Centre for Art Tapes, New Adventures in Sound Art, Radio Canada, New American Radio. He is a founding member of Avatar (Québec City). He currently lives in Toronto and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University in London, Ontario.
Duncan MacDonald is a contemporary artist and Associate Professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. His artworks take form in diverse modes such as audio art, performance, video, installation and drawing – often exploring the corporeal sensorium and its commodification. His work has been exhibited, performed and recorded throughout Canada, the US, Europe and South America. He has exhibited and/or performed at: Cram International, Rodman Hall Art Centre, p|m Gallery, A Mano Libera Contemporary Art Gallery, Nuit Blanche (Paris) at Musee Cluny, Oakville Galleries, The Grimsby Public Art Gallery, the Andrew and Laura McCain Gallery, The Niagara Artists Centre, Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art, Centro Dragao do Mar de Arte é Cultura, Pekao Gallery, the Anna Leonowens Gallery,Gale Gates Gallery, the Tranz Tech Media Festival, amongst other venues. MacDonald has received numerous awards and grants including an ARC Fedev Pre-Commercialization grant, Humanities Research Institute of Brock University grants, the Paris Studio residency at La Cite Internationale des Arts (twice), a research and production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, a co-production grant from the Centre Nationale de la Cinematographie (Paris, France), a nomination for a Sobey Art Award, and a residency at the Royal College of Art in London, England. He lives and works in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Ursula Nistrup was born in 1974 in Gentofte (Denmark) and currently lives and works in Copenhagen. After studying Fine Art Photography, in 2004 she received her MFA from Glasgow School of Art with an exchange at California Institute of the Arts. Over the past decade she has worked in a number of different media with a distinct focus on sound and its relation to architecture and psychology. It is an interdisciplinary practice based on legacy of conceptual art that attempts to investigate the connections (and collisions) between spaces, materials and structures. Her works reveal a particular fascination with sound and its ability to be in constant flux, or to exist in an unfinished form. Her practice consists of a research-oriented part and a practical part. These two factors inform and challenge each other constantly, in order to conduct an investigation of our reality and all its properties – both tangibles and non-tangible. It is a practice that investigates how sound, light and other less tangible materials have the ability to transport information between places and effect architecture and its social and psychological aspects. Ursula has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. She has been guest artist at various residencies over the world, such as Danish Institute for Art & Science in Rome (2011), Platform Garanti in Istanbul (2010), and Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2009).