Fig. 1 (these things we know): Andy Graydon

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    Artist Andy Graydon doing research in the museum vaults for his installation 'Fig. 1'

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February 27, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Honolulu Museum of Art

Exhibition Overview

Born and raised on Maui and now living in Cambridge, Mass., Andy Graydon is a sound and media artist. Last summer, Graydon visited the museum vaults to select two groups of objects for his project Fig. 1, a two-channel sound installation featuring only the sound of two voices, one describing the objects in exacting detail in English, the other describing the objects in Hawaiian. The objects Graydon selected include a 5,000-year-old Chinese jade block, or ts’ung, and a yuton, or Japanese paper floor mat. Graydon is interested in the relationship between objects and its place or environment.

“I am using the unique power of sound, and the particular sound that is the human voice, to reveal how these objects and spaces are as much enacted as they are built of solid forms,” explains Graydon. “The spaces of religious, cultural, or aesthetic significances are carved out by ritual, performance, and social structure as much as by the objects that become the focus of that significance. By removing the object and replacing it with sound, with narration, the work tries to realize these powers more directly, more tangibly, and to create a space of presence for this most ephemeral of forces: the rendering of meaningful places by human action and imagination.”

Graydon's work has been featured in exhibitions at New York’s New Museum, the Berlinische Galerie, the Portland Art Center, and the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna, among many other venues. 

Fig. 1 is supported by the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund at Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

Read more about Andy Graydon and his installation on the museum blog.