Platform Hero Billboard: Sound Painting, Danae Valenza

                                Photograph: Andrew Curtis

Sound Painting
Danae Valenza
Dec 2017-Jul 2018
Hero Building Billboard
118 Russell Street

Speaking, punctuated. Gusts of wind pluck vocal chords. Sounds accompanied by a wave of hands, curl of fingers. Eyebrows raise, heads tilt, movement for the presence of another being. Bridging one voice to another. A corporeal sonic architecture transmits.

Sound becomes photographic. Musicians strike a chord or play a note. A strobe flickers light. Listening and playing is in tandem with ritual movement. C sharp-F major-B flat.  

Folklore over fire. Flames push and soften as light hits hands and speech. Shadows in flux. Lit pizzicato washes through the ears and eyes of others, to rest again in another body. 

DANAE VALENZA is a Melbourne-based artist for whom music and collaboration is a major part of her art-making. Valenza holds a BFA from Monash University and has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas, including: MCA, Sydney 2016; ACCA, Melbourne, 2014; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2014; Prawneg & Wolf, South Tyrol, Italy, 2013; Objectifs Centre for Photography & Film Making, Singapore, 2014; Bus Projects, Melbourne, 2013 and Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, 2012. Valenza has been awarded The Ian Potter Travelling Scholarship, 2013and participated in the residency program at Helsinki International Arts Program in Finland, following her studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, from 2014.

Curated by Angela Brophy

Supported by the City of Melbourne through the Arts Grants Program

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Text and Image: Courtesy of the artist