House of Voltage
October 23, 2008
Electronics and new media have long been an interest for Sandler. His sculpture and installation work, like his floating ear sculpture which transmits live sound from the water to the shore, has incorporated electronics and new media for the past decade. And over the past four years he’s established a media lab at the centre.
Sandler calls the residency a success. He had wanted visual artists to bring their distinct sensibilities to the medium, and that’s what they did. They were encouraged to produce work that had a literal three dimensional visual aesthetic. This marks a departure for the centre into three dimensional projects that can be installed in a gallery setting.
“What this exhibition ends up being is a bit of a showcase. It’s an opportunity for the local Halifax community to see the types of projects that can be generated out of what is essentially a six month residency program.”
The five artists represent a diverse background in the arts from undergrad Intermedia student Annie Macmillan to established installation artist Adriana Kuiper. Each piece is unique—from local Halifax artist Robert Zingone‘s batteries made from saliva, to Sackville, NB interdisciplinary artist Terry Piercey’s miniature orchestra comprised of egg slicers in a briefcase.
“The most important thing about these projects is that hey allow for innovation. We’re allowing a creative environment to develop in which a number of people with different kinds of expertise can come together and work on something they’re individually passionate about. So it will keep growing.”
House of Voltage will be on display Thu October 23 – Sun November 23 at Halifax’s Eyelevel Gallery with works from Adriana Kuiper, Annie Macmillan, Terry Piercey, Ryan Suter and Robert Zingone.
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