Neil Feather – Wormholes, Vortices and Loops – Wednesday 11 May – Saturday 4 June

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Please join us to celebrate the opening of Wormholes, Vortices and Loops, a new exhibition by Neil Feather.

 

Neil Feather is known as an inventor of unusual musical instruments, stochastic machines that use rotary and pendular motion to create surprising music. In Wormholes, Vortices and Loops, his first exhibition of drawings in over 40 years, he explores colour and graphic form alongside the presentation of new audio and moving image works.

Illuminating the sensations of life in 2022, the most immediate inspirations for Neil’s drawings are custom cars, sea-slugs and nudibranchs, the cosmic horrors of H.P. Lovecraft, Basil Wolverton’s grotesque and surrealistic cartoons, and the apocalyptic psychedelia of Robert Williams. Are these wormholes a representation of everything at once, or perhaps the diagrammed entanglement of the known, the unknown, and the believed?

Devised as musical compositions, Neil’s Ball Movie videos feature erroneous orreries, inside-out planet models that revolve but don’t repeat – mechanical planets as chaos engines – while Loop Songs feature the sounds of antique engines and the sounds of Neil’s invented instruments.

 

Opens: Wednesday 11 May, 5.30pm (with refreshments from Liberty Brewing Company)
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 4pm
Closes: Saturday 4 June
Screening: Saturday 4 June, 7.30pm @ Lopdell House Theatre

NZ PREMIERE: Sound Mechanic – Saturday 4 June
On Saturday 4 June, to mark the closing of Wormholes, Vortices and Loops, the Audio Foundation and Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery are proud to present the New Zealand premiere of Sound Mechanic, a feature-length documentary directed by Baltimorean artist, musician, filmmaker, Skizz Cyzyk, exploring Neil’s life and work with sound.

The screening will be held at Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi, at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm).

Tickets will be available via UnderTheRadar.co.nz.

More info: http://www.audiofoundation.org.nz/programmes/live-events/sound-mechanic-nz-premiere

 

Neil Feather is internationally known as an inventor of experimental musical instruments. The instruments combine strings, springs, magnets, motors, flywheels, electromagnetic pickups, bicycles, bowling balls and other matter to explore the sounds of unlikely physical events. He has performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, Canada and New Zealand. He has created numerous site-specific sound installations.

Before recently moving to New Zealand, Neil Feather had been a key player in Baltimore’s vibrant music and art community since 1985. He was a founding member of the Red Room Collective and the High Zero Foundation, a group committed to the presentation of experimental and improvised music.

He won the 2014 Sondheim Art Prize and the 2014 Trawick Art Prize. He was included in a major exhibition “Art or Sound” in the 2014 Venice Biennale. He is a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.

Neil lives in Auckland and is a member of the bands Popular Organ Fun Party with Rosie Langabeer and Status Seekers with Jeff Henderson.