Sounds Reverberate at Heathcote Gallery as Noise Museum opens

Heathcote Museum & Gallery will be showcasing the artworks of six artists with the opening of Noise Museum, a new exhibition, running from Saturday, 17 June, to Sunday, 23 July 2017.

Visitors to Noise Museum will experience how each of the artists has reversed the notion that art galleries can be ostentatious locations, rather than to be immersed in the senses of sound, sight and emotion.

Artists, Elise Reitze, Howard Melnyczuk, Lyndon Blue, Philip Gamblen, Rebecca Orchard and Zora Kreuzer explore sound from a variety of perspectives; the behaviour of sound and its reaction within the unique Heathcote environment, the emotive and psychological, and sounds as an external force.

Gallery Curator Jana Braddock said that Heathcote’s architecture and segregated gallery space is uniquely attuned to host and truly capture the essence of this exhibition.

Zora Kreuzer, expands in the catalogue essay, Noise is not directional, but rather chaotic – sounds come to us, whether or not we seek them out. The reverberation of noise and flickering neon tubes destabilizes the internal architecture… as sound does not behave as it does in the hard cubic voids of other galleries.

The Latin for noise is root nauseam, meaning noise, nausea and nautical, which assimilates itself to Heathcote’s iconic location on the Swan River, next to a pirate themed children’s playground. Heathcote is never devoid of noise, whether it is children playing, the waves crashing on the foreshore or the winter wind whipping around buildings.

Although each artist responds uniquely to the exhibition theme and space, common threads are apparent. Kreuzer, Lyndon and Reitze approach noise as a physical entity. Yet they approach it from singular perspective, the artists are united on the emphasis of the illogical behaviour of noise, colliding and merging to become something different. Visitors moving throughout the Gallery will fall in and out of pools of silence while being assaulted by sounds from every angle.

Orchard and Melnyczuk consider noise from the wider ecosphere. Orchard’s painting echoes the forms and flows of the natural world surrounding Heathcote, accompanied by sound, as if the two are intrinsically woven together. Melnyczuk brings together works in the main Gallery space by actively listening to them, assisting visitors to form a memory through sound repetition.

Gamblen responds to noise from an emotive stance with an intimate assemblage of small bells from his personal collection of his late mother, emphasising the importance of memory through sound as Melnyczuk’s work portrays. Gamblen reminds visitors they can be defined by their personal, restorative and communal beliefs and not by institutions or wealthy individuals.

The exhibition will officially open on Friday, 16 June 2017 at 6.00pm. Members of the public wishing to attend the opening should RSVP by Tuesday, 13 June 2017 to heathcote@melville.wa.gov.au or phone 9364 5666.

The exhibition runs from Saturday, 17 June to Sunday, 23 July 2017, at Heathcote Museum & Gallery, Heathcote Cultural Centre, 58 Swan House, Duncraig Road, Applecross. The opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 4.00pm.

For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/heathcote or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.