Prairie at the Herron Gallery, Indianapolis
Prairie just finished a 6 week at the Herron School of Art and Design's main gallery in Indianapolis. Prairie is a large-scale electro-acoustic sound installation which was first installed at the Chicago Cultural Center from Feb 8 to May 5, 2013, and then was shown next in a 13th Century Cathedral just outside Vienna. This piece is made up of 432 thin rods with small speakers at the tip, and with vibration motors near the base. Each of these stems is independent, and issues small clicks and buzzes, controlled by a central computer program. Probably best is to quote from the curatorial text by curator Lanny Silverman - you will find this below - (the full gallery handout can be downloaded here as a pdf). The galleries at the Herron School were a great venue for the piece, and this was the first time that it has been presented within a "white-wall" gallery space.