Oliver Beer, 'Deep and Meaningful'

1 Jul 2010 – 24 Jul 2010

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Private View 7 - 9pm, opening hours Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 6pm

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London, United Kingdom


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  • Old Street tube

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Oliver Beer, 'Deep and Meaningful'


murmurART is pleased to announce the debut solo show of emerging British artist Oliver Beer in the upstairs galleries of 20 Hoxton Square. Showing for the first time new work from the BFA Ruskin graduate, the exhibition will bring together his most recent and major work Deep and Meaningful from the Resonance Project (2007 — 2010), accompanied by a new series of photographic prints. Following his selection as the winner of the Saatchi Gallery's ‘New Sensations' 2009, and his Tower Room exhibition at the Ikon Gallery, which runs until July 14th, Beer has taken this exhibition as an opportunity to further articulate the two central strands to his practice; photography and video. The Resonance Project is an ongoing body of work consisting of films, sound pieces and performances that use the human voice to stimulate architectural spaces to resound at their resonant frequencies, transforming them into vast architectural instruments. Every room, every space, has its own particular resonant frequencies — the notes at which it will most easily resound; a room can be made to resound similar to the way that a wine glass sings at the tip of a finger. This series has led Beer to work in extraordinary architectural and social contexts, from the transparent skyline-tunnels of the Pompidou Centre to the austerity of a Renaissance monastery. ”©To produce Deep and Meaningful in 2009 Beer led a choir and film crew into the Victorian sewer network in Brighton where he directed male voices to sing music specially composed to stimulate the resonant frequencies of the sewer tunnel. The choir sing the word ‘Amen' as they slip in and out of harmony with the sewer, forcing it to resound like a giant subterranean organ pipe running under the city. Beer's practice, and the making of Deep and Meaningful, was the subject of a Channel 4 ‘Three Minute Wonder' in 2009.

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