I went to see Transference last weekend, and it’s not the kind of work I’ll try to summarize in words.
The tone of the bowls is enchanting, but so is the clicking and tapping of the motors which turn them.
The piece is installed right next to the entrance, so the ebb and flow of people adds another layer to the work. Though I must say: talking loudly about your latest knitting project in the middle of a sound installation is sort of like flicking the lights off and on in the middle of a movie theater.
I feel like I’m channeling Rodney Dangerfield: “Sound gets no respect!!!”
From the second floor of the museum, it’s a quite different experience: almost all tones, and none of the tiny sounds. I prefer the first floor.
Does a sound installation count as craft? Megan Driscoll explores that question and has some great photographs of the piece.
Transference can be heard and seen at the Museum of Contemporary Craft through January 9th. (On the east side of the North Park Blocks.)
Hurry, Portlanders! (But please take your time once you get there…)