As part of Spectrum Now, Stu Hunter and guests perform on Pedro Reyes’ artwork
Art After Hours, Music, Performance
The Gallery has recently acquired artworks from a series by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes, called Disarm. These works consist of illegal firearms turned into musical instruments. For the first time, the instruments will be played live, in the exhibition When silence falls.
Direct from an extraordinary Sydney Festival performance of his new suite the migration, composer and producer Stu Hunter brings together some of Sydney’s finest musicians to explore the sonic possibilities in Reyes’ artwork. Joining him to play these wonderful and unique instruments are two of the country’s leading improvisers, drummer Simon Barker and guitarist Carl Dewhurst.
For Reyes, the process of transforming weapons into objects of potential beauty ‘...was more than physical. It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place, the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for the lives lost.’
Space is limited so get there early.
This event is part of The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Now presented by ANZ.
24 February - 9 March 2016
See also: Spectrum Now website
Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries
Related exhibition: When silence falls
Related programs: Spectrum Now at the Gallery 2016
Related galleries: Contemporary galleries
Image: Stu Hunter. Photo: wilk