7th October until 11th November 2017
Our highly anticipated Sounds + Silence exhibition was unveiled over the dulcet tones of a Shakuhachi player. Artists, clients and friends of the gallery, gathered last Thursday evening to celebrate the installation featuring new works from international and Australian artists such as Sophie Bray, Diana Watson, Rebekah Stuart, Trevor Mein and Chris Warnes.
Sounds + Silence draws inspiration from wabi-sabi; the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection, authenticity and earthiness, says Otomys Director and curator Megan Dicks “Our fast paced lives are vibrant and exciting, however we often seem to lose the simplicity of the beauty around us; simple sounds and exquisite silence offer us a vital contrast to the lives many of us lead”.
Megan embraced the energy of Spring and drew inspiration from Japanese ideals of simplicity. “We wanted to enhance the emotional experience for the viewer, so we incorporated elements from Behruz Rugs and Cult Furniture for texture, warmth and interest”. Staying true to the theme, the ethereal Shakuhachi flute player paired with the delicate aroma of green tea, set the tone for the evening- adding yet another layer of softness and lightness for the senses to discover.
Sounds + Silence is an experience, and one that provided opening night guests with a thought provoking link to a global context. It’s an exhibition that bridges cultures and forges a connection between tradition and modernity. Megan has successfully gifted us with a restorative pause to the pressures of everyday life through connection, tactility and balance. We suggest you take some time out and experience it for yourself.