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Resonance Paintings - Cat Orchestra, Almine Rech Tribeca, New York City

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Resonance Paintings - Cat Orchestra 
Solo Show
14 March to 27 April 2024 | Almine Rech, Tribeca, New York, USA
Opening on 14 March from 6-8pm 
+ Performance by Oliver Beer and Holland Andrews, vocalist composer, producer and performer at 7pm 
361 Broadway, New York, NY 10013, United States
Tuesday — Saturday 10am to 6pm

Everything sings, and in the beginning, a song was everything: the Word, the Om, a bang that echoes still today. The word you use for it may depend on your belief system. What’s certain, however, is that the universe is a symphony of cosmic vibrations, from the first murmurs of an infant’s heartbeat to the thunderous death of stars. Oliver Beer’s work shows us that if we listen carefully, we can hear them. He’s been listening for as long as he can remember, since the days he would modulate his own voice to match the harmonic pitch of his childhood bedroom. Every room – indeed, every vessel – has such a note, known as a Helmholtz resonance, and for several years the artist, who trained as a musician before studying fine art at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, has been trying to tune them.

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Every atom in your body vibrates in synchrony with music, but only the bone in your ear translates it into the electrical current that reaches your brain. Beer’s work invites both our eyes and our ears to perform the same translation, and in the process come closer to grasping the ineffable. It’s the principle underlying string theory and countless faiths. A feline beat, if you will. According to O’Malley, “Everything else is obsolete."

Evan Moffit, writer, journalist and critic

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