1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
While both works are created with the use of common objects their ultimate function is an architectural undertaking of sorts, making the instruments in the exhibition a tool for activating space in unorthodox ways.
Created by [The User] - Thomas McIntosh & Emmanuel Madan, a Montreal based collective, Quartet for Dot Matrix Printers is a full scale musical composition written for and performed by a collection of obsolete dot matrix printers. The quartet, while nostalgically and imposingly reminding us that it is being performed by a team of industrial machines, is a unique composition vaguely resembling a classical music score. Its impeccable recording combined with precise sound requirements for installation animates the space through a physical experience of sound as an architectural tool.
In contrast, the grandness of Bridge, an installation work by Xiaojing Yan, exists in the silence of this sculptural work comprised of over 1500 Chinese porcelain spoons suspended from the ceiling and hung in mid air. Their rigorous arrangement gives full form of a Chinese bridge structure. While it is silent and delicate the composition as a whole commands itself as a full scale architectural structure. Its industrial history of mass produced objects (the spoons) is emphasized by the continuous aria of printers’ composition.
Bridge is supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 20, 7 – 9 pm
[The User] is a contemporary art collective comprised of architect and installation artist Thomas McIntosh, and composer and sound artist Emmanuel Madan. This Canadian duo has attained wide international recognition for their ground-breaking projects Silophone and Symphony for Dot Matrix Printers, which re-imagine relationships between technological systems, culture and human experience in striking ways.
Symphony for Dot Matrix Printers was commissioned in 2004 and nominated for the Nam June Paik Award by Kunststiftung North Rhine-Westphalia. Concept, design & construction: [The User] - Thomas McIntosh and Emmanuel Madan. Software: Thaddeus Thomas, ReDada software. Electronic engineering and manufacture: David Ozsvari.
Xiaojing Yan is a Chinese-Canadian artist living in Toronto. She received her M.F.A in Sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA and B.F.A from Nanjing Arts Institution, China. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and public spaces in China, Canada and United States. Her solo exhibition New Growth will be exhibited at Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant in 2011.
Yan’s works has been published on many magazines, newspapers and books internationally including most recently Sculpture Magazine, Taiwan International Forum and Now Magazine. She is the recipient of numerous grants including most recently CAA (College of Art Association) Travel Grant, Project Grant from Toronto Arts Council, Exhibition Assistant Grant from Ontario Arts Council and Project Grant from Canada Council for the Arts.