Oct 12 2014
The University Art Gallery presents Flat Earth Unfolded, a sculptural sound installation by sculpture and new media artist Greg Pond, artist and musician Jesse Thompson, and ceramicist Archie Stapleton. Flat Earth Unfolded brings together disparate media to explore the materiality of sound – sound as sculpture, treated and experienced as a tactile, spatial medium. Ceramic vessels and stainless steel plates form acoustic structures, and resonate with music composed for the exhibition and tuned to the materials. The installation will be on view from October 17th through December 12th.
Please join us for a conversation about the work between Greg Pond, Archie Stapleton, and Stephen Miller, chair of the music department at the University of the South, on October 24th at 4:30 pm in Convocation Hall. Reception to follow.
Greg Pond’s multimedia practice combines sculpture, sound, electronic media and documentary film-making. With unexpected combinations of media, collisions of natural and technological materials, and recombined myths, histories and forms, Pond explores cultural attitudes towards landscape and the built environment, and the pursuit and loss of utopia. Pond lives and works in Sewanee, TN, where he has taught in the Art and Art History Department since 1999. He was recently featured in The Hunter Invitational III at the Hunter Museum of American Art as one of the most compelling artists working in the region, and has received international attention with sound installations, exhibitions and screenings in Ireland, Canada, Egypt and Switzerland. His recent work includes documentary projects about Patten Towers in Chattanooga and Trench Town, Jamaica.
Jesse Thompson is a musician, composer and sound artist who experiments with pattern, vertical sonority, consonance and dissonance, and textural perception. He uses digital technology to investigate the unseen world and the role sound plays in shaping perceived reality. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he is working on a global peace initiative with David Lynch. He has worked and collaborated with a variety of labels and media outlets ranging from Paw Tracks Records to Vogue Paris, and has been an active participant in the pioneering digital DIY movement. He has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, performing at numerous festivals (e.g. All Tomorrow’s Parties, Sasquatch!, Midi Festival) and venues (J. Paul Getty Museum, Bowery Ballroom NYC). His sound work has been hosted by spaces such as the Knoxville Museum of Art, Queens Museum Biennial, and The Hunter Museum of American Art. Thompson holds an MFA in Poetry from Sewanee: The University of the South, and MBA from Piedmont College, and his BA in English from Rollins College. Flat Earth Unfolded is the third collaborative sound installation between Jesse Thompson and Greg Pond.
Archie Stapleton is a master potter who lives and works in Sewanee, Tennessee. He is self-taught, and his thorough knowledge of pottery has been acquired from a self-directed course of study and experimentation. He is fascinated by the firing process, as a human manipulation of the geological processes that turn dirt and clay into stone. Inspired by Chinese pottery of the Song Dynasty, he pursues simple classical forms in his work. A craftsman, he has painstakingly experimented with all the stages of creating pottery, from identifying and testing local clay deposits, to throwing forms on the wheel, to building kilns, to firing, to recreating ancient Chun, Ru, Kuan, and Celadon glazes. From 2001-2003, Stapleton returned to the Philippines with his family and, with a grant from the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust and a building donated by then-mayor Tom Killip, founded a pottery cooperative, the Sagada Ceramics Center, in the town in the Philippines where he was first exposed to pottery as a child. Stapleton has exhibited in Tennessee, Georgia, the Philippines, and New Jersey, and has a solo exhibition this fall in the Gallery at Saint Andrew’s-School Sewanee, from October 8 through November 12, 2014.
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