2nd Floor, North Wing
A multi-sensory experience of space, shape, and sound, this exhibition presents sound sculptures by Wolfgang Gil in the context of abstract art from the Museum’s collection. Gil’s installations explore the sculptural quality of sound, inviting us to contemplate listening as a phenomenon. They create opportunities for experiencing external space as well as our internal perceptual processes. A Venezuelan-born American artist who lives and works in Newark, Gil employs sound as a malleable material with curves, edges, and changing geometries—a medium that can be stretched in all dimensions.
To explore the idea of sound in visual terms Gil partnered with the Museum’s curatorial team to select works from the collection to install with his sonic sculptures. Along with three of Gil's sound sculptures Sonic Geometries features paintings and works on paper by Sam Gilliam, Donald Judd, Victor Davson, and Richard Anuszckiewicz, and a large-scale sculpture by Sol LeWitt.
Global Contemporary showcases new work by living artists in dialogue with the Museum’s collections.
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Experience the brilliance of artist Wolfgang Gil with his presentation of Sonic Geometries, Translation #1. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players visited The Newark Museum of Art for a video collaboration that pairs the musicians’ sound experiments with graphics that visually symbolize the malleability of these sounds
Click here to learn more about this collaboration in the artist's own words.
Check out our panel discussion Perception: Exploring Sonic Geometries with Wolfgang Gil and Victor Davson. Artists Wolfgang Gil and Victor Davson discuss their work with curator Tricia Laughlin Bloom, in the context of the exhibition. This panel aired on October 8th as part of the 2020 Newark Arts Festival.
Installation view, Wolfgang Gil: Sonic Geometries. The Newark Museum of Art, photo by Richard Goodbody
Richard Anuszkiewicz, Manifest, 1965
Acrylic on Masonite, 36 3/4 x 36 3/4 in.
Wallace M. Scudder Bequest Fund 66.37