Linden New Art dedicates its space to sound art for the first time

For the first time, Linden New Art will dedicate all of its exhibition spaces to sound art. Sound art has gained increasing recognition over recent years and this Winter Linden will present three solo shows that demonstrate the diversity and surprising physicality of this genre.

For Linden New Art curator Juliette Hanson, “Showcasing the work of three female artists aims to recognise the work of women in the field of sound art, as it is a space too often dominated by male practitioners.”

The three artists, Cat HopeLucreccia Quintanilla and Mona Ruijs will provide visitors with far more than just what the ear can perceive.

These artworks will provoke bodily responses caused by their experience of low frequency vibrations and walls of graphic notation that come to life when played.

Cat Hope is a composer, musician, songwriter and performance artist. Hope will present Sub-Decorative Sequences, inspired by the decorative elements of Linden’s heritage interior. A unique graphic score will run the lengths of the gallery walls and act as enlarged musical notation that will be interpreted by musicians in a series of live performances, including the world-renowned ensemble Decibel.

Lucreccia Quintanilla makes work that explores amplification. Her practice draws our attention to the things that often go unheard. A Ripple and an Echo, encourages visitors to get up close and discover the hidden sounds of Melbourne’s shoreline. Quintanilla’s sound recordings are filtered through the speakers of mobile phones and amplified by the conch-like sculptures she has created.

Mona Ruijs, who has previously performed at Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Music Week creates and performs sound baths and sound meditations. Visitors can experience these sound works by sitting or lying down on the gallery floor whilst the sounds of her composition wash over them. Ruijs will also perform live sound baths over the course of the exhibition, which use layers of vibration from instruments such as gongs, to increase the physical and mental well-being of the listener.

Cat Hope Sub-Decorative Sequences
Lucreccia Quintanilla > A Ripple and an Echo
Mona Ruijs > Sympathetic Resonance

26 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
Opening: Friday 28 June, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 29 June – 1 September, 2019

Image credits: Cat Hope, The End of Abe Sade [installation view], 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.