GARY JAMES JOYNES
May 6 – June 13, 2015
dc3 Art Projects is very proud to present Broken Sound, a new body of work by Gary James Joynes in his second solo exhibition at our Edmonton gallery space. Born from the death of older experiments with the physical nature of sound, Broken Sound is a meditation on life and on slowing down and being fully present within light and darkness, sound and silence.
Broken Sound comes from a forensic examination of the speakers silenced by his exploration of cymatic sound forms. Using hand built mechanisms and specialized macro photography techniques he has documented the marks and scars of the coiled copper wire and magnetic traumas that have silenced his experiments. Starting as pristine and golden in colour the linear order of wires slowly gives way to charring and chaos as flaws and sonic experience build up. Some of these speakers lived for months and others were silenced within minutes of life. All are memorialized in this new film installation and photographic series.
This immersive environment of voice and synthesizer accompanying immense projected HD video is composed with a Buddhist parable in mind:
An acolyte, seeking enlightenment, encounters a stone disc of almost infinite radius spinning silently on its horizontal access, as if falling from the sky. He devotes his life to the continual observation of this wheel, perfect in it’s smoothness and continuity. Foregoing all earthly experiences he hopes to bear witness to the single horizontal imperfection in the wheel. In silence and stillness he waits for a flaw to bring him to a greater state of enlightenment.
Gary James Joynes is an Edmonton based audio and visual artist who performs at major music events around the world as Clinker. He blends the beauty and physicality of sounds auditory and visual elements live in performance and in rigorous and emotional photo and video installation works. His work has been exhibited and collected across Canada and the US including major solo installations in Montreal (2014), Calgary (2013) and Edmonton (2013). Joynes has been included in significant group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta including the 2013 Alberta Bienniale, and at Toronto’s Koffler Centre of the Arts. Recent major performances include CMKY Festival in Boulder Colorado, New Forms Festival in Vancouver, MUTEK_IMG at Phi Centre in Montreal. He will be performing his newest Live Cinema piece Soundbursting at ELEKTRA in Montreal May 15/15.
Special Thanks for supporting the creation of this work to:
Canada Council for the Arts
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Edmonton Arts Council