If you’re in Stockholm, be sure to check out Immaterial alum, Linda Matalon’s work, currently featured in Signal to Noise at .
The exhibition, which is named for the scientific ratio of signal intensity (useful information) to noise intensity (background noise and static), asks “what happens if we intentionally do things in another than the logical or best possible way, disrupting the established forms of response, reaction, and linear communication.”
As described by the gallery, Matalon’s method of “adding and subtracting” from the surface of her wax covered drawings, “calls to mind the first sound recordings from the late 19th century”, which were made on phonograph cylinders covered in wax. Audio signals were then produced from grooves etched into the surface. Because wax is a non-conductive compound,the information could only be transmitted through its immediate shape and materiality. Thus, it is not only the material that connects Matalon’s work with the early technology, but this emphasis and interest in materiality and its ability to convey meaning and communicate. Matalon’s wax reveals every mark the artist makes, allowing the viewer an intimate glimpse into her technique and process: her gesture forming a new language.
Signal to Noise is on view until January 19th, 2014 and features the work of artists Nina Canell, Robert Kinmont, Linda Matalon, Rivane Neuenschwander, Amalia Pica, Sophie Tottie,