SERPENT SONGS / WINDSHADOWS
SOUND SERIES 2018
20 Jun - 7 Jul 2018
Opening Night | Thursday 21 Jun, 6–8pm
Opening Performance | Gerard Crewdson creates a live sound track for TERRIBILITA, a visual narrative from Cinema of the Poor. Gerard will play a baritone horn, soprano trombone and other acoustic noise-makers.
Extended Performance Program arranged by Jeff Henderson, Audio Foundation New Zealand in partnership with Liquid Architecture.
SOUND SERIES 2018 BLINDSIDE partners with Liquid Architecture.
Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening.
For SOUND SERIES 2018, Gerard Crewdson presents site-specific acoustic sound sculptures. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a natural horn, nearly 5 metres long, made from a single hollow tube (like a didgeridoo) and played with a mouthpiece (like a Swiss alphorn). The horn resembles a ‘serpent’ – not only the creature – but also the instrument of that name which was the predecessor of the modern-day tuba.
Low brass instruments have traditionally been associated with raising the voices of the dead in both Western and non-Western cultures. These are the ‘serpent songs’ of the title but also the ‘windshadows’ – a compound word taken from a Paul Celan poem, Weiss Und Leicht / White and Light. This might be read as a wind of shades, of ghosts, blowing over the genocidal landscape of post WWII Europe.
BLINDSIDE stands upon stolen, never ceded Wurundjeri land – a genocidal landscape with its own wind of shades, of ghosts, of voices lost or never heard. Crewdson's other sound sculptures – a ‘Rice Wheel’ and ‘Plum Stone’ – generate sound through gravity-produced falling motion, thereby also acknowledging the Wurundjeri ground upon which the gallery and surrounding city, stand.
Gerard Crewdson, born in New Zealand/Aoteoroa in 1954 is a dual New Zealand/Australian citizen. Over a nomadic career of collaboration, now spanning over 40 years, Gerard Crewdson has developed a highly personal experimental and interdisciplinary practice. After graduating from Sydney University College of the Arts in 1992, Gerard developed 3D printmaking and paper-making processes using plant-based and recycled materials to create sculptural work. A musician and performer, specialising in low brass (trombone and tuba), Gerard has been a member of Braille Collective, New Zealand; Splinter Orchestra, Sydney and Pyramid Club, New Zealand. Exploring non-hierarchical, open-ended, group composition and improvisation, he is currently creating bicycle mounted illuminated sculptures with Lucid Dream Bike, New Zealand.
IMAGE | Gerard Crewdson, Wheel Spoke Prototypes, Pyramid Club Studio, Feb 2018, recycled bamboo slats, butter paper, rabbit skin glue and shellac. Photograph Dan Beban. | Courtesy the artist.