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Dissonant Rhythms

Ross Manning is a Brisbane-based artist who has been creating immersive light and sound works for nearly a decade. His work is grounded in the artistic and music traditions of Brisbane, while his increasingly ambitious sonic and luminous environments put him at the forefront of artistic practice nationally and internationally.

“The rudimentary mechanics of the work do not detract from its power; if anything, they enhance it. Manning plays with the ubiquity of both the fluorescent tube and the household fan, and Spectra III sends these common objects whirling and spinning into the realm of magical animism: the work becomes an object with agency that shares our physical space.”

“Here, life enters art literally, in the kinetic animation of objects and dancing beams of light, and also psychically, through the elevation of unassuming materials charged with the energies of infinite permutation.”

The Institute of Modern Art is proud to be produce Manning’s first-ever survey exhibition. The show brings together works from the past eight years that immerse audiences in mesmerising encounters with light, movement and sound scored by carefully manipulated and constructed technologies. Giving new context to the artist’s work, Manning collaborated with an architect for the first time in his career. Together they pushed the boundaries between artwork and gallery, exhibition and performance.

The show includes works from the three key strategies that recur in Manning’s oeuvre: lightmobiles, self-playing instruments, and hacked technology.

A new catalogue, documenting the artist’s career and the exhibition, contains essays by leading art historians and scholars of experimental music and sound art. The book explores Manning’s practice in depth and gives the work a national and global context.

A travelling exhibition organised by Institute of Modern Art (IMA), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. Queensland venues are further supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOA). Ross Manning is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Tour Dates 2018

Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 2 February - 24 March 2018

Tableland Regional Gallery, Atherton, QLD: 14 September - 28 October 2018

Pinnacles Gallery, Thuringowa, QLD: 30 November 2018 - 27 January 2019

Tour Dates 2019

Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD: 8 February - 31 March 2019

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC: 17 May - 21 July 2019

Latrobe Regional Gallery, VIC: 26 October 2019 - 12 January 2020

Tour Dates 2020

Bank Art Museum Moree, NSW: 24 January - 14 March 2020

Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW: 24 April - 14 June 2020

Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW: 26 September - 22 November 2020

Tour Dates 2021

Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, SA: January - February 2021


Banner image left: Ross Manning, Bricks and Blocks (detail), 2016. LCD TV, video camera, fluorescent lights, and mirror. Image courtesy Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Banner image right: Ross Manning, Wave Opus I (detail), 2016. Modified clock chimes, DC motors, hook-up wire, motion detector, contact microphones, and audio equipment. Photography: Sam Cranstoun. Image courtesy Milani Gallery, Brisbane. 

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