WaveUp by Halifax artist Stephen Kelly opens August 28

August 26, 2010 – HALIFAX, NS – The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia presents the new exhibition Stephen Kelly: Open Tuning (WaveUp). Through his work, Kelly, a Halifax-based artist, skillfully explores the relationship between land and sea, sound waves and sea level.

Open Tuning (WaveUp) is a kinetic sound installation that transmits a remote ocean environment, in real-time, to an urban gallery space. Kelly combines electronic and sculptural elements to create an interactive work of art that mimics buoys at sea responding to weather and climactic conditions.

Using reclaimed speakers and wiring, Kelly installs sculptural elements in the space, both on the wall at eye level and suspended from the ceiling. The speakers are connected via the Internet to Fisheries and Oceans Canada wave data buoys to translate data into motion and sound. The speakers literally mirror the movement of the waves in the ocean. As the weather churns the sea, the speakers move more wildly in the gallery space. The movements are then translated to sound and the viewer is virtually set afloat.

Kelly won the 2006 Aliant New Media Prize to create WaveUp. Administered by the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage, the $10,000 award recognizes art projects that focus on media interactivity directly using computing and communications technologies.

“This is a captivating exhibition blurring the lines of science and art,” said Chief Curator Sarah Fillmore. With this installation, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is proud to reinstate its Emerging Artist Series – a program that gives artists in the early stages of their careers a platform for putting their first major project on view,” she added.

Stephen Kelly: Open Tuning (WaveUp) opens Saturday, August 28 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. A special preview for Gallery members takes place Friday, August 27 at 6:00 pm.

The exhibition will be on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until January 9, 2011.

About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada. With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exhibitions and programming. For information visit: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca

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