The Chazan Gallery is presenting Standing Wave, an installation by Ed Osborn from September 20 - October 10, 2012. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Gallery Night Thursday September 20, 5 – 7pm. The public is invited.
Ed Osborn's broad explorations in sound art take the form of installation, performance, radio, video and sculpture. His installation at the Chazan Gallery, Standing Wave, consists of seven speakers held aloft by a group of arcing and swaying poles. The speakers emit complex tones which relate to their movement, creating an “undulating sound field that has a strong and tactile physical presence.”
The title, Standing Wave, refers to an acoustic phenomenon that arises when sound waves move through an enclosed space; the waves create “patterns that define the space acoustically as the patterns themselves are contoured by that same space.” Osborn writes, “as the movements in Standing Wave appear to oscillate between festivity and menace, it [the title] also serves as an allegory for the process and ambiguities of signaling at a distance'.
Osborn has exhibited and performed extensively in the USA and abroad, including solo shows at the Museum of Applied Arts (Helsinki, Finland) and the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. He has been awarded grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Creative Work Fund and Arts International among many others. His numerous residencies include the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (Berlin, Germany), the Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Canada) and STEIM (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). Osborn has taught at UC Santa Cruz, the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany, and is currently on the faculty at Brown University. He is represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.