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Sounding Space

Gallery 1C03


September 29 - November 26, 2016


Opening reception: Thursday, September 29, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Adam Basanta artist talk: Thursday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m.
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Eleanor King artist talk: Saturday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m.

In partnership with the 18th edition of send + receive: a festival of sound, Gallery 1C03 is pleased to host Sounding Space: Adam Basanta and Eleanor King, a two-person exhibition curated by send + receive that explores the playful relationships between sound, implied sound, and architectural space. Exhibition dates are September 29 – November 26, 2016.

Emerging Montreal-based artist Adam Basanta will present his poetic sound installation A Room Listening to Itself which employs amplification techniques to make audible the physical relationships between microphones, reclaimed speaker cones and the gallery’s acoustic environment. The gallery becomes a giant resonator, amplifying acoustic activity and inactivity as a product of spatial relationships. As the audience moves through the space they become part of the piece by absorbing, reflecting and generating sound which is integrated into the work.

Eleanor King, Canada’s newest recipient of the Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Prize, will present her work in Winnipeg for the first time in this exhibition. Gallery 1C03 will show a selection of King’s Wormhole drawings as well as her sculptures Redacted Stack and CD Worm. King’s vivid tunnel-like drawings constructed from CD tracings reference the physical magnitude of space in its abstract and concrete forms, serving as whimsical blueprints for otherworldly structures. Her sculptural works also employ sound media: CDs and their cases. These pieces embrace concepts of failure, obsolescence and cultural production while also existing as metaphoric sound works that engage with the gallery space in unique architectural formations.

Adam Basanta (b. 1985) is a Montreal-based sound artist, composer, and performer of experimental music. His work traverses sound installations, electroacoustic and instrumental composition, site-specific interventions, and laptop performance. Across disciplines and media, he interrogates intersections between conceptual and sensorial dimensions of listening, instabilities of instrumentality, and means with which site and space can be articulated. His sound installations have recently been presented in North America and Europe in galleries and institutions including Carroll/Fletcher Gallery (London), National Art Centre (Tokyo), American Medium Gallery (NYC), New Media Gallery (CAN), Serralves Museum (POR), Edith-Russ-Haus fur Mediakunst (GER), Vitra Design Museum (GER), Laboral (ESP), Gallery B-312 (Montreal), Fonderie Darling (Montreal), Titanik Gallery (FIN), The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (USA), and BIAN 2014 Digital Art Bienale (Montreal). His installations have been awarded in the Prix Ars Electronica 2013 (honourable mention, Hybrid Art category), the 2014 Edith-Russ-Haus Awards for Emerging Media Artists, and the Excellence prize in the 2015 Japan Media Arts Festival. His work has been positively reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Hyperallergic, ETC Media, Neural magazine, Musicworks, Creator's Project, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Eleanor King is currently based in New York where she is a MFA candidate and Fulbright fellow at Purchase College, State University of New York. King received a BFA from NSCAD in 2001, and participated in residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, SOMA Mexico, and The Banff Centre among others. She has received creation grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia, and was short-listed for the 2012 Sobey Art Award. King has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and Galleri F15 in Norway. In 2015, her work was featured in a solo exhibition, Dark Utopian, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and it was highlighted in a feature-length cover article in the Fall 2014 issue of Canadian Art magazine. Previously, King taught at NSCAD University and was Director at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto.

Gallery 1C03 hours: Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Remembrance Day.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator, Gallery 1C03
1st floor, Centennial Hall, The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
Phone: 204.786.9253