With Marla Hlady
Part of the works produced during the Glenfiddich Residency.
First exhibit at the Artists at Glenfiddich space in Dufftown, Scotland, July 26 – August 25, 2019.
First Canadian presentation at Christie Contemporary, Toronto, March 20 – April 18 (run extended to July 11). Hours are 12-4pm Wed-Sat, or by appointment. The exhibition was recently featured in the Toronto section of ARTFORUM Critics’ Picks, reviewed by Daniella Sanader. The first two videos here are from this install. The piece is presented alongside Sampler.
Two stills from the Balvenie Distillery were retired on June 28, 2019 after serving for 12 years. They were removed through the roof by a crane and replaced by new ones. The swan neck portions of the stills were then cut for us by expert coppersmith Dennis McBain. They were then pressure washed before being brought into the gallery.
Through each swan neck we play recordings we made throughout the distillery: Robbie Dhu Spring cairn where the water first enters the Glennfidich property, the cooperage floor where casks are being repaired, vats were barley goes through the various stages of germination, bottling floor, a choir made up of staff working at William Grant & Sons (which houses Balvenie and Glenfiddich distilleries). Each member of the makeshift choir volunteered to contribute two short voice recordings, one the highest pitched sound they could produce, and one the lowest. They were asked to hold the sound for as long as possible. The recordings are triggered by devices that mash them up. They are treated kinetically. They are distilled acoustically. They are mangled mechanically.
The recordings are triggered by devices that mash them up. They are treated kinetically. They are distilled acoustically. They are mangled mechanically.
Thanks to: Andy Fairgrieve, Dennis McBain, Douglas Paul.