Hamilton Artists Inc-Artists Talk with Mathew Walker

Straight from the Inc-

Please join us for an Artist Talk with local artist Matthew Walker at the Inc. on Wednesday at 155 James St North
(corner of James St N and Cannon St)

Matthew Walker’s Device for the Emancipation of Landscape is a sound sculpture employed in a temporary site-specific action. The large parabolic reflector (essentially a sound cannon) fires compositions of field-recordings at sites of contextual interest in poetic gestures as a way to re-imagine our proximity to land.

In its first installation, recordings of neighbouring wetlands were fired at the James Street North Armouries in Hamilton’s downtown. The monolithic brick and stone structure of the Armouries reverberated the cannon’s sounds into the neighbourhood’s aural environment, changing the perception of the dominant fauna in the area and sending a reminder of the vast marshland now occupied by the city. Yet, this was no gentle nostalgia; rather, the sound cannon delivered a forceful and focused aural reinvasion, projecting the cry of the wilderness into the sound of the city. On Wednesday September 28th, Walker will discuss his practice and this first installation Device for the Emancipation of Landscape in relation to his research on the War of 1812, and the influence of this research on the creation of his sculptural work. The essay on the work by Kierin Gorlitz is available at the talk, or may be downloaded at: http://wp.me/p1Lasp-DD

Matthew Walker lives and works from Hamilton, Ontario. He received his BA from McMaster University before moving to Calgary to Complete his MFA in 2004. Walker spent the following eight years working and studying at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. He has also undertaken residencies at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Art Farm in Nebraska and Thompson Rivers University. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, and is included in Alberta’s Provincial Collection. Most recently, Walker’s work has been shown at LaArtcore in Los Angeles, Pith Gallery in Calgary, and at Supercrawl in Hamilton, ON.

Matthew Walker’s talk is sponsored by the City of Hamilton’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Funding Program.

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