VICE VERSA: objects in rotation, or a distillation of sound
Gratitude: J.O. McCarthy for sound assistance and poetic ephemera. Jarrod Ferris for video documenation and other good things. Common Ground Art Gallery for common ground. Dani Proteau for the waves. (Ontario Arts Council for exhibition $).
Four contact microphones gather sound from four mobile sculptures, and are converged into one speaker, whose vibrations move a deformed dead bird’s head.
“Sasha Opeiko uses Common Ground to present her continuing research into the secret life of matter.
There are no distracting aesthetics in her DIY exposition. The seduction of the flotsam and jetsam scattered minimally around the gallery comes from the viewer’s curiosity. If the viewer wanders the space, the work physically and sonically responds. The material performs its secrets. Simple form turns to colour and sound. A discarded page emits a tiny pulse. An almost invisible thread tightens itself endlessly.
The artist demonstrates more than desire. The viewer enters the devotion of the artist and the expression of the lowliest material. The experience is heartbreakingly beautiful..” – Susan Gold/Smith 12.2012
Precarious and self-destructive, this unit of devices does not reanimate an object into the undead, because it was undead to begin with. The speed of the object has been altered and the space around it agitated. The exertion of force is exerted for the sake of both wear and vitality alike.
VICE VERSA reflects alchemical thought in terms of manipulation of matter through the acceleration of the object’s natural speed. The vague manufacture-standard longevity of an electric toothbrush motor, or the universally familiar pulse of the clock ‘tic’, are vessels, carrying vital information about ideologically defined attributes of purpose.
1601, from L., from vice, ablative of vicis “a turn, change” (see vicatrious) + versa, fem. abl. sing. of versus, pp. of vertere “to turn, turn about” (see versus). ” Dictionary.com. Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vice+versa (accessed: September 06, 2012)