Spectrosonic Drawings | Mick O’Shea
Gr 079 | Original drawing + Vinyl (1 copy) + CD (1 copy) > [order]
Mick O’Shea has become known for his experiments in the interstices of visual and sound art. The Spectrosonic series comprises drawings and audio tracks that relate to each other indexically. O’Shea makes an acoustically active surface so that, as he draws, sounds are produced that he can manipulate and layer with sounds generated from other sources. Lines, forms and textures are distributed across the page to create a visual composition, and at the same time, an acoustic composition is formed through the careful control of pulses, pressures and waves. O’Shea maintains that the true ‘art’ of the Spectrosonic series exists in their making, of which the resultant audio track and painting are simply traces or souvenirs. As an artist, he is interested in finding forms that are ‘sonogenic’, that is to say, forms that create beautiful sounds.
Claire Feeley / Curator Serpentine Gallery, London
In 2003 he made his first drawing table, with 2 contact mics attached right and left so as he drew a visual line from right to left a sonic line also travelled from right to left. What was created was almost a manifestation of synaesthesia which is a perceptual condition of mixed sensations. The images and sound exist separately though they were created at the same time. They are not edited afterwards and exist as a trace or remnant of the performance. The resulting recording was transferred to vinyl record and this one only copy is presented with the original drawing. It was released by Gruenrekorder in Frankfurt in August 2011.
Ink, chemicals, tar and graphite on paper. 700mm x 495mm
1 Track (10′52″)
Sound Art Series by Gruenrekorder
Gruenrekorder / Germany / 2011 / Gr 079 / LC 09488