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Sound Spaces with Room40: Eugene Carchesio and Ross Manning


Saturday 22 August 2015, 3:00-5.00pm

Curated by Lawrence English of Room40, the third edition of Sound Spaces features two Brisbane artists known as much for their experimental music as their exhibition practices: Eugene Carchesio and Ross Manning. Carchesio will present electronic sounds from his laptop computer in combination with projected images, while Manning will perform with a range of his own custom instruments.

Sound Spaces is a performance series of experimental and improvised music that embraces the growing overlap between visual art and sound art. Sound Spaces opens up MUMA’s artistic program to ephemeral presentations by Australian and international artists and musicians, encompassing both acoustic performance and electronics.

A rotating collaboration, Sound Spaces sees MUMA work with different innovative experimental music organisations such as the Australian Art Orchestra, Liquid Architecture and Room40 for each iteration of the series. The series runs in parallel with MUMA’s exhibition program with occasional direct dialogues with particular exhibition projects. Sound Spaces and is organised by Francis Parker.

Since the early 1980s, Eugene Carchesio has built a reputation for producing small-scale watercolours, minute sculptures and expansive geometric patterns for walls. His considered placement of interlocking shapes alludes to the science of mathematics and produces a sense of rhythm and composition that echoes his keen interest in music. One of Carchesio’s favoured motifs is the cone, which both amplifies and focusses energy, and also recalls the instrument he plays, the saxophone. He presents his work with electronic sound in both performance and as subtle sonic interventions into his exhibitions.

Carchesio’s recent solo exhibitions include: Long Day’s Journey into Light, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, 2015; Eugene Carchesio, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2013; Stars ignite between the death of mountains, Sutton Gallery, 2011; Someone's Universe: The Art of Eugene Carchesio, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2008; everything takes time takes everything, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2006; and his significant group exhibitions include: The Kaleidoscopic Turn, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2015; TarraWarra Biennial 2012: Sonic Spheres, Victoria, 2012; 4th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2003; 10th Indian Triennale of Art, New Delhi, 2001; 9th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1992; and Strangers in Paradise, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, 1992. He is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Ross Manning works with light, kinetics, sound, and technology. His background in instrument building and exploratory music contributes towards his innovative aesthetic language. Manning’s artworks combine re-purposed technologies with common objects. His kinetic environments construct independent systems of logic, generating automatons of coloured light, electronic imagery and sound that play upon the senses.

Manning’s recent solo exhibitions include: The Travelling Brain, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 2015; Different Rhythms, Dark MOFO, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, 2014; Volumes, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2013; Spectra, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, 2012; Gleaning the Cube, Milani Gallery, 2011; 3 songs, MONA FOMA, Long Gallery, Hobart, 2010; Double Refraction, Lismore Regional Gallery, 2010; and Input Ruins, Milani Gallery, 2009; and his significant group exhibitions include: Interplay, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2015; You Imagine What You Desire: 19th Biennale of Sydney, 2014; TarraWarra Biennial 2012: Sonic Spheres, Victoria, 2012; The National New Media Art Award, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2012; NEW12, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2012; and Primavara09, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2009. He is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Images: Eugene Carchesio, photo by Rachel Cobcroft
Ross Manning, courtesy of the artist

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