The Listening Sweet

2021

Pierre Hart, Andrew
Andrew Pierre Hart explores the relationship between sound and painting. His theory of ‘Sonic Ordering’ explores sensory overlap and enhancement, where all things that exist come into play to create ‘sonorous rhythm’. He explains that ‘Sonic Ordering is constantly active, converting, equating, equalling spaces, all visual and aural mediums.’ The theory articulates the presence of a third space, which can be found at the intersection of visual experience and aural stimulation. The Listening Sweet, 2021, is painted in shades of deep blue, the hue of the night. The shadowy figures who huddle in groups of two and three are characters more than portraits: fictive deities, magicians and healers. In this work, and its wider series, the artist investigates how sound might be understood through painting. The work emerges out of a sonic understanding of the past year, with a focus on its particular ‘volumes’, namely the global protests of the Black Lives Matters movement, the COVID-19 pandemic and the storming of the United States Capitol building.
  • Artwork Details: 125 x 200cm
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  • Material description: Oil and charcoal on canvas
  • Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC41/2020

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