March 20, 2006
Art prof has innovative sound installation
The Fresno Metropolitan
Museum has developed Off-Site,
a series of contemporary art projects that will be installed
in different locations throughout Fresno through June. Off-Site
takes contemporary art outside the gallery space and encourages
a dialogue between artists, audiences, and neighborhood locations.
From March 23 to April 14, Off-Site will feature the work of
assistant art professor and sound artist Ed
Parabolica (1996) by Ed
Osborn. Mixed media, electronics, sound, 16 x 22 feet.
Photo courtesy of the artist
Osborn will compose four site-specific sound compositions that
will be broadcast through the loudspeakers at the Fulton Mall
walkway in downtown Fresno. The compositions are based on the
physical space of the walkway itself--using, for example, the
location and shape of fountains, planters, sculptures, loudspeakers,
and the curving patterns embedded in the pavement as a framework
for the pieces' compositional structure.
The sound pieces will evolve over a four-week period, with
each broadcast occurring at the same time each week on Thursdays
at 12:15 p.m (with a replay on Fridays at the same time). Listeners
are encouraged to return to the walkway weekly to experience
the changing compositions as part of the walkways' spatial environment.
After each concert, a file of the piece will be posted on the
Fresno Metropolitan Museum's
web site, so listeners can hear it again or encounter it for
the first time if they missed the concert. In addition, Osborn
will invite four local and international sound artists to make
their own remixes based on his work. The results will also be
showcased on the museum's website.
Osborn has exhibited and performed internationally, most recently
at the Klanggalerie, Berlin; Interaccess, Toronto; Institute
of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.
His sounding artworks take the form of installations, sculptures,
radio broadcastings, videos, performances, and public projects.