Matt Henry ~ Madoka Kouno ~ Personal Recordings
April 23rd – May 10th, 2016
Opening Saturday, April 23rd. 6-8PM
Image: Matt Henry, Dynamicron (2016), Acrylic on raw canvas, cedar stretcher, 382 x 468 mm
Goya Curtain is pleased to present Personal Recordings, an exhibition of sound and visual art featuring Madoka Kouno and Matt Henry. Sharing the physical and aural boundaries of the gallery space, Personal Recordings presents two discrete practices that in their own way deal with notions of medium, transcription, and abstraction.
Appropriating graphic motifs and colours used by various videocassettes circa 1980, Henry uses the anachronistic technology of painting to extract memories from this obsolete format. Drawing upon his own video library as source material, Henry proposes these paintings as models that preceded (and informed) his experience of colour field painting, and as objects and memories that challenge modernist doctrines attached to abstraction.
Madoka Kouno, a sound artist and improviser who has been performing since the early 2000s, presents two tracks that were recorded live at Ftarri, Tokyo, in November 2012. In this performance Kouno used tape recorders, a mixer, speakers, and digital tuners. Utilising the portable tape recorders (without cassettes) as sound making and amplifying devices, Kouno carefully manipulated and changed their positions in order to create subtle tremors and rich complex sound vibrations that radiated throughout the space.
About Matt Henry
Born in 1973, Henry lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. Playing upon the contextual openness of reductive abstraction, Henry employs painting as a mimetic tool that often exploits formal intersections between the languages of painting and design. He completed an MFA from Melbourne’s RMIT university in 2008 and his work is held in public and private collections including the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki; Wallace Arts Trust; New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade; Elevation Capital Art Collection and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Matt Henry is represented in New Zealand by Starkwhite.
About Madoka Kouno
Born in Kanagawa. Kouno first became interested in epistemology and perception while studying at university. In 2003, she completed a course in "Sound / Art Expression" at Bigakko, after which she began performance focused on perception and cognition. Currently she performs using empty tape-recorders, metronomes, metal plates, etc to catch variations in interference and distance/space.