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Jay Bundy Johnson: Being still (life) shows us who we are

What does a thing sound like?

In our age of handheld electronic devices, more and more of our things make synthetic sounds all the time. But our possessions have been hailing us with sound well before we had cellphone-cameras.

Artist Jay Bundy Johnson builds elaborate sculptures from the electronic insides of consumer products made over the past half century. For this exhibit, he deconstructs electronic objects and mechanical devices—including toys, speakers, VCRs, microchips, and magnets—and reassembles them in an array of sculptural compositions inspired by “still life” painting. Using buttons, the visitor interacts with the resulting three-dimensional wall mural of circuit boards, motors, gears, speaker cones, lightbulbs, and wires to create fleeting soundscapes of things past.

This exhibition is part of the Gallery’s Open Sound program, a series of exhibitions, founded in 2008, that have featured contemporary sound art.

About the Artist

Jay Bundy Johnson is a visual artist, musician, and educator living in Vancouver. A graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1993, his kinetic sculpture and video works have been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Image credits (top to bottom):
Jay Bundy Johnson, Being still (life) shows us who we are (detail) (2016).
A visitor presses the buttons on Jay Bundy Johnson's interactive artwork, Being still (life) shows us who we are (2016). Photos courtesy of artist.