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 producing Manning’s first-ever survey exhibition. The show will bring together works from the past eight years that will immerse audiences in mesmerising encounters with light, movement and sound scored by carefully manipulated or constructed technologies. Giving new context to the artist’s work, Manning will collaborate with an architect for the first time in his career. Together they will push the boundaries between artwork and gallery, exhibition and performance.
The show will include 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, will contain essays by leading art historians and scholars of experimental music and sound art. The book will explore Manning’s practice in depth and give 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.
Tour Dates 2018
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 2 February - 24 March 2018
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, QLD: 20 July - 26 August 2018
Tableland Regional Gallery, QLD: 10 September - 29 October 2018
Tour Dates 2019
Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD: 6 February - 31 March 2019
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC: 24 May - 21 July 2019
Tour Dates 2020
Moree Plains Gallery, NSW: 10 January - 30 March 2020
Lismore Regional Art Gallery, NSW: 5 June - 16 August