Gwen Stevenson: Infintite Mass 4 Sep - 29 Nov 2008
MCAC is pleased to present new installation work by Northern Ireland-based artist Gwen Stevenson. The artist has created a multi-channel sound installation of seven suspended spherical forms. Each form acts as an individual sound source. The installation space is filled with the mass of the spheres and the sounds moving between the spheres. The artwork is fabricated from polystyrene, and their texture is created from a spray-painting process that results in a surface resembling stone.
The installation allows the viewer to directly interact with the artwork and the space that surrounds it with both visual and audio senses. According to the artist ‘this work is concerned with how we, as human beings, inhabit this world and experience our place in it. We live in both a physical world and a spiritual metaphysical world. Both exist within and around us but are experienced very differently. The tangible stationary bulk of the suspended spheres co-exist with the intangible environments of the sound piece. Mass is used as a visual form to convey notions of the bounded physical domain. The unbounded metaphysical domain is conveyed by movement of sound between the forms. The tangible stationary bulk of the suspended spheres co-exist with the intangible transitory existence of the sound piece’