Curated by Ryan Frank
May 13 – July 1, 2016
Opening Reception: May 13, 2016 from 5-8pm
Whether intentional or not, sound is a constant component of a visual artist's studio practice. Recorded music, news, talk radio, books on tape, movies, phones, power tools, printers, pets, neighbors, passersby, the urban and natural world are just some of the things artists listen to while they work. Some artists are specific and deliberate about what they listen to, while others are more random; in either case, sound has an effect on an artist's process, productivity and internal dialogue.
I Like the Sound of That is a group exhibition that combines works of visual art with recordings of specific sounds that artists listened to during the work’s creation. Each body of work will be paired with a soundscape specific to the studio environment in which the artwork originated, providing visitors with unorthodox information about the artist. The soundtracks will function much like artist statements, situating the viewer within a more autobiographical and personal context that highlights the studio as controlled work site. Rather than limit the listening experience to headphones, the exhibition will play the soundtracks on individual speakers, positioned throughout the gallery by collaborating Sound Designer Joel Abbott. Abbott will also record, cut and design the tracks to play an experimental and dramatic soundscape that will crescendo, break, and loop–a unique work unto itself. The piece will emphasize the conditions of a shared exhibition space and give way to a show that is equal parts sight and sound.
The exhibition will include artists from Greater New Haven, New York City and beyond who work in a wide range of media, including: Delano Dunn, Peter Halley, Linda Lindroth, Lindsey Packer, Ian Trask, and Joseph Saccio. Sound designer Joel Abbott will engineer and direct the audio components.
Ryan Frank is an artist and independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. He served as the Collection Director and Director of Education at The Granary from 2009 to 2015 where he curated the exhibitions Reflective Landscape (2011) and more recently Art of the Protest (2015) that was presented at the Mattatuck Museum. As an independent curator, Frank organized the exhibitions Used Books (2010) at the Winkleman Gallery, Curatorial Research Lab, Ode Hotel at the Wassaic Project and participated in the ICI Curatorial Intensive in 2011. As an artist he has had solo exhibitions at the Invisible Dog Art Center, the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT and has exhibited his work at the Wassaic Project, the Re institute, Ober Gallery, Outlet Fine Art, Galerie Rene Mele and the DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival. His A Wandering Sukkah, a roving sukkah on a pickup truck, recently toured throughout New York City to much acclaim. Ryan holds degrees in Theatre and Fine Art from NYU (2004).
Joel Abbott is a sound designer, composer, and engineer, with expertise in audio technology and acoustic reinforcement. He currently serves as sound design advisor at the University of Connecticut. Abbott received an M.F.A. in Theatre from Yale School of Drama. He has designed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Yale School of Drama, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Actor's Express, Ars Nova, Playhouse on Park, Connecticut College, University of Vermont, Allentown Shakespeare, Totem Pole Playhouse, St. Michael's Playhouse, Vermont Stage Company, Dad's Garage Theatre Company, The Center for Puppetry Arts, and the Yale Cabaret. Recent designs include: The Chosen, Passing Strange, A Comedy of Errors, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, The Dining Room, The Importance of Being Earnest, Kimberly Akimbo, Proof, Gigi, Othello, Detroit, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Twelfth Night, Owners, The Dutchman, Boeing-Boeing, Dames at Sea, Noises Off, and In a Year With 13 Moons.
For thirty years, Artspace has been at the forefront of New Haven’s contemporary art scene, championing local artists while also quickening the City’s pulse. Touchstone programs like our Summer Apprenticeship Program for New Haven Public School students, the City-Wide Open Studios festival, and our Flatfile Collection, which brings attention to exceptional works on paper, together provide artists with unparalleled access to audiences, space, resources, and one another. Our programs foster appreciation for the vital role that artists play in improving the community.
This exhibition is made possible with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and from individual Friends of Artspace.
Image Credit: Ian Trask