Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sculpting Sound

Swiss artist Zimoun is currently enjoying the glorious space provided for him at the Ringling Museum of Art in Florida up until January 8th, 2012. Curated by Matthew McLendon, this grandeur exhibition showcases a multiplicity of sound throughout various installations. Sculpting Sound is his first inaugural solo exhibition in United States.



Zimoun ambitiously glorifies his work's unique and graceful soundscapes. Each piece evokes a natural artifice of sound performed by using simple mechanics such as mini motors, ping pong balls, cardboard boxes and wires, as well as repetitive structures that double up as their own amplification arena.




With that said, his sound sculptures and installations often uses multiples of the same prepared elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.






As you can see in the video at the beginning of the post, his mechanized works reveals a complex relationship and interplay between the artificial and the organic. What is most striking is the different sound and intensity level of each motorized piece. With the level of transparency that Zimoun has given, the audience is able to further investigate and comprehend the construction of the work. Not to mention, it further increases our curiosity to rediscover the basic sounds that exists among us that we often ignore or fail to take note of.

If you get a chance, please go ahead and take a look at the various structures he has built on his personal Vimeo site. They are incredible and deserve to be shown at an institutional setting. One of my favorite installations to date is the exhibition at Contemporary Art Museum MNAC in Bucharest, Romania curated by Rekolective Bucharest. The structure and sound it made is subliminal. Click here to view.

Artist: Zimoun | Represented by Bitforms Gallery | Exhibiting at Ringling Museum of Art

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