Colin McIntyre's New Lung: Now with More Resonance
New “Residual Utterances” Show at Dimension Gallery
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
11:15AM, Tue. May 15, 2018
Dimension Gallery’s Colin McIntyre has been working like a man possessed – by a muse, by demons, by some DNA-level aesthetic imperative, who’s to say? – and one of the things he’s been working on is his Lung.
That’s his Resonant Lung, of course: The pipe-organ-based sound chamber that the artist painstakingly rigged inside the shipping container that presides among an array of odd and elegant creations in the gallery’s outdoor sculpture garden.
You know about that Lung, right? Maybe because we told you about it right here, before the unique construction went live last year?
And you know that the Resonant Lung has since been used for performances of new musical compositions by the metalworking McIntyre himself – and by Clock DVA’s Adi Newton, among others?
And now here comes the first performance in the recently revamped instrument – a new soundscape by McIntyre, in conjunction with his “Residual Utterances” display in the intimate Dimension showroom.
Listen: "The sculptures inside the gallery are engaged in an audible conversation with the soundscape in the Resonant Lung. The looped composition gives a voice and expanded context to the sculptures that are otherwise stationary and silent."
We’re telling you about this because you’ll probably want to hear the Lung’s enhanced audio radiance during Thursday’s reception, and so here’s a bit of advance notice for your calendar.
But we reckon that seeing the man’s new sculptural work, too, is also reason enough to head toward that Springdale Road bastion of three-dimensional thaumaturgy. Because “Residual Utterances” contains more of McIntyre’s signature abstract lifeforms, his imagined creatures that celebrate the wonders of adaptation in ecology, that “reflect on the limitations of human capacity for understanding the natural order outside of our disruptive species.”
You think stuff like that’s interesting as pencil-marks in someone’s sketchbook, yeah, tell you what: You really need to see it wrought in metal by the likes of Colin McIntyre.