Tintinnabulation

tin-tin-nab-u-la-tion n. The ringing, jingling or tinkling sound of bells.

Opens Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 2-5pm with a brief artist talk at 3pm; everyone welcome.
Exhibition runs April 20 to May 11, 2013
AXIS Contemporary Art Gallery
203, 100 – 7 Ave. SW, Calgary AB, Canada
tel: 403-262-3356
web: axisart.ca

Studio 2013

In the inner ear are tiny hairs which vibrate in response to sound waves, part of a process which transmits sound to the brain, allowing it to register, filter and define sounds. This, as we all know, is called hearing.

Over time the hearing process changes. Gradually, some of those tiny hairs are no longer able to stop vibrating, and will continue to vibrate even in a complete absence of sound. The speed at which this change happens is directly influenced by how much sound – how many decibels and for how long – the ears are exposed to.  The brain registers these unchecked vibrations as a kind of electric buzzing or bell-like ringing noise.

For many years, Verna Vogel lived in a 14th floor flat and worked in a 5th floor studio, both located in the downtown core. Now she lives and works in a house in the suburbs. This series of paintings is her tintinnabulation, a visual echo of her late experience of urban immersion.

Many thanks to Rob Mabee, Sanja Lukac and Michelle Rainey.

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