A Feast for the Ears at the Hood Downtown: Jess Rowland

Jess Rowland (featured photo, above) is inviting you to stop and listen. She is one of seven internationally acclaimed artists who have been spending a few days in Hanover NH to oversee their sound installations. Resonant Spaces: Sound Art at Dartmouth opens on September 15. It is the Hood Downtown's autumn exhibition and will be spread over seven locations across the Dartmouth campus and downtown Hanover.

This paper speaker will be wall-mounted and will play classical music.

Rowland's exhibition, The Other Side of Air, features paper speakers playing a Bach cantata and Stravinsky's Rites of Spring, but softly, as if for your ears only. There are visual and kinetic components to what is primarily an experience for the ear. Paper holds copper and aluminum foils that appear as stylized graphic notations. The listener can touch them, or almost, by moving a stethoscope just over the surface. 

The artist Jess Rowland demonstrates how to listen to her work with a common stethoscope.

A full preview of Resonant Spaces is coming soon to this blog. I will also be featuring individual installations and artists over the coming weeks. It's an ambitious show featuring some of the art's greatest luminaries; the artists are from various countries and have exhibited their work at prestigious venues all over the world. Now they have come to Hanover. Stay tuned for continued coverage of the Upper Valley's first installation of sound art.

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Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge

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