Traces of Pressure
Opening 15 March at 5-8 pm
In his exhibition at Peinture et Sculpture Owen Armour presents a series of sculptural works inspired by a trip made to remote parts of Greenland. As a recurring feature in Armour practice his work takes its point of departure in the visualization and physicality of sound and how material objects – human or non-human affect the soundscapes that surrounds us. Recordings from his journey are incorporated into one of the sculptures and played out in an infinite loop. Recordings that were primarily made searching for silence not for sounds, in a place so desolate, only the most resilient of animals can inhabit it. But for Armour silence is something never within reach, itâ€™s a phantom, and as he encountered some of the most tranquil parts of Greenland his body and the rhythmic sounds from his recording device became even more present. Silence as well as the possibility of reaching something native or untouched by humans is a fantasy Â – as the landscape changes as soon as we enter the scenery.
All the sculptures display a riveting sensitivity to the workâ€™s material aspects and distinct personal execution. Several of the materials and designs used in the exhibition appear to mimic the physical qualities of the Greenlandic landscapes. The cracked porcelain on top of concrete slabs echoes sediments of soil, rocks and ice and the plaster logs on the floor may be reminiscent of driftwood. But the choice of materials such as porcelain, concrete and copper also seem to tell a parallel story, that of human refinement. As the earth holds a diverse set of qualities and treasures that through times has been exploited and refined by humans Amours objects too seem to carry their own inherent qualities in a constant tension and state of transformation. Â A sculpture made of copper strings emulates part of its design from a radio antenna. The tape with recordings will eventually wear down and erase its own content as it loops around the body of the work.
All vibrating – none silent.
Olga Nowotny, 2013
Owen Armour b. 1980 is trained as a classical music producer. He has previously exhibited at Antechamber in 2012 and at Toveâ€™s Galleri in 2011. He was born in Melbourne and lives and works in MalmÃ¶ and Copenhagen.
Please contact us for further information about the exhibition. Opening hours Saturday 12 noon – 4 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 3 pm and by appointment.