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Jez riley French .... in place

Exhibition runs from 10/04/09 until 04/05/09
Gallery Open: Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm

An exhibition at the Artlink gallery presenting photographs and field recordings capturing overlooked details of explored spaces

 Jez Riley French ... in place

Jez riley French lives & works in East Yorkshire. His output involves elements of intuitive composition, field recording (using conventional & extended methods) photographic images (including their use in photographic scores) and improvisation. He has performed, exhibited and had his work published widely across Europe and also lectures in both field recording and intuitive composition as a guest lecturer. He is currently resident artist at Hull School of Art & Design and during 2009 has been invited to residencies in Estonia, Belgium, France & Portugal.

Jez Riley French ... in place

In recent years Jez has been working closely with specific architectural spaces, capturing a sense of place that is both highly personal and yet offers the audience a fascinating opportunity to look and listen anew to the environments in which we spend our time.  The ‘in place' project, of which this exhibition is part, celebrates our sense of place and seeks to adjust the imbalance between the visual and the audible ways in which we all experience them.  This exhibition includes printed and projected photographic images alongside several of Jez's compositions created with his untreated field recordings of the surfaces, objects and empty spaces of buildings such as:
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (UK)
Jacqueline Du Pre building, Oxford (UK)
Skolska 28 gallery / Josef Sudek Atelier, Prague (Czech republic)
Further examples of the intriguing sounds that Jez discovers on his explorations can be heard via headphones in the gallery. These include the sounds of fence wires & plates, table surfaces, aquatic life and tidal flows....

 Jez Riley French ... in place

‘My audio and visual work seeks to capture an emotive impression of our surroundings, playfully seeking to re-state elements that we filter out and overlook in our daily lives. Key to this process is a desire to retain the intimacy of detail and discovery. It is also vital that a compositional arc extends through any finished work, reflecting a personal response.

By using various extended field recording methods, from the placement of highly sensitive contact microphones to capture vibrations of surfaces, to the use of hydrophones to record in liquids, it is possible to reflect the unique choral voice of structures and environments. This audible silence and sonic architecture is linked directly to my own need for stillness and a sense of joyful, simple exploration' - JrF 2009

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