or Cacophonous moments in a abrogated childhood
Like the tooth fairy Alister Karl has been collecting up children's discarded music boxes. Abandoning the pink ribbons, teddy bears, painted gold, miniature guitars, pianos and ornamental clocks, Karl strips all of the pretext away so that only the mechanism is left. Uncovering the little mechanical miracle stored inside those gaudy boxes of childhood.
The work is a celebration of all of those childhood fears that were left behind as adults. The irrational locked inside a wooden box. An interactive piece, as each different musical mechanism is set in motion by the viewers the box creates a more and more cacophonous sound. A sound that inspires feelings of uneasiness in people as they listen to it. But also becomes a little addictive as they race to wind more of the music movements to set them off against each other.
The work is an almost perfect wooden cube that hangs from the ceiling and is interacted with by the viewing public as they wind the musical mechanisms that are within.
Music Box appeared in
reflections on echoes
Opening 16th March, 6 to 9pm
17th to 25th March
James Halliburton . Leon van de Graaff . Camila Galaz . Ren Walters . Alister Karl . Georgina Anderson
"Sounds make sounds make sounds make sounds. Echoes come back to their origins. The way we talk about what we hear reverberates wide and near. This show is about what is made of these sounds of sounds of sounds..."
Curated by John Stevens
Brunswick arts Space
2a Little Breese st
Installation view Music Box