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Opening at Pompom – Vicky Browne – New Sound Works

October 1, 2013

Get down to Galerie Pompom Wednesday 2nd October from 6 – 8pm for Vicky Browne, New Sound Works running from 2 – 26 October 2013.

For Vicky Browne, sound is present in every artwork. Try to turn off your ears; there are no lids to shut. When stuffing your ears you are conscious of the stuffing (exterior intrusion). In these new works Browne has focused on the stuffing – the sound of the stuffing or the sound produced when stuffing. The sound of stuff is played out. A variety of materials have been employed – wood, foam, copper, leather, clay and steel – much found in Browne’s home environment, a wok from the kitchen and sticks from the garden. These are combined to produce works where sound is the focus, less by transmission but rather by indication, implication or insinuation.

Vicky Browne is an installation artist and she utilises everyday objects such as walkmans, iPods, clothing and furniture to comment on Western systems of consumption and production. Browne often manipulates the familiar using traditional craft methods (such as knitting or weaving), and she regularly employs found or produced sound. Browne completed a Master of Visual Art at Sydney College of the Arts in 2010 and her work has been exhibited at Artspace, Sydney; Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand; and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand. Recent exhibitions include Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century, UTS Gallery, Sydney, and It is what it is, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor. Upcoming exhibitions include Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand. Vicky Browne also maintains a collaborative practice with musician Darren Seltmann and in January this year they exhibited at MONA FOMA, Hobart. Browne and Seltmann are currently artists in residence at Artspace, Sydney, and their new installation, The Black Mountain, will be launched at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on 27th September. Browne is one of five artists who have been shortlisted for the 2013 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists’ Travel Scholarship Prize, to be announced in October.