Cymbalism

Passed on to me by Steve Wechsler under the punning title above, this work by conceptual artist Terry Adkins:

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(from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where its title is “Native Son”).

From Wikipedia:

Terry Roger Adkins (May 9, 1953 [in Washington DC] – February 8, 2014) was an American artist. He was Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

… As a young man, Mr. Adkins planned to be a musician, but in college he found himself drawn increasingly to visual art. He earned a B.S. in printmaking from Fisk University in Nashville, followed by an M.S. in the field from Illinois State University and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Kentucky.

Terry Adkins was an interdisciplinary artist whose practice included sculpture, performance, video, and photography. His artworks often referred to musicians or musical instruments; specific installations and exhibitions were sometimes labeled “recitals.”

More Adkins cymbals, in “Aviarium” at the Whitney:

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From the Whitney’s site:

For Aviarium, on view in the 2014 Biennial, Adkins devised a sound-based installation that is entirely silent. Using aluminum rods and multiple sizes of stacked cymbals, Adkins rendered wave vectors of birdsong in three dimensions, making visible the diverse sonic patterns inherent to the songs of each (unidentified) species. The sculpted songs hover in place and answer the artist’s call to “find a way to make music as physical as sculpture might be, and sculpture as ethereal as music is.”

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