To prepare for her upcoming exhibition Tuning the Room, New York-based artist Anna Craycroft enlisted musician Gregory Lenczycki and sound engineer Ken Goerres to literally tune the room before installation began. In acoustical engineering, “tuning the room” is a technique for measuring the specific sound properties of an enclosed space and then adapting the environment to improve its acoustic reflections. Craycroft mirrored the technique metaphorically for Tuning the Room, and Lenczycki and Goerres will recreate the tuning for the opening reception on January 28 from 2-4pm at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.
The exhibition asks that we consider how the specific characteristics of an environment shape our experience within it, and how we become attuned in return. It invites us to ask questions about our reciprocal relationships beyond the exhibition. How do we tune our communities, our institutions, our countries, and how do they tune us in return?
Craycroft’s site-specific installation divides the Ben Maltz Gallery into two discrete spaces with contrasting perceptual effects. In one half of the gallery sound and light are absorbed by hand-dyed fabric acoustical panels and soft sculpture. In the other half sound and light are reflected by a chrome vinyl mural and aluminum seating. Following the recreation Lenczycki and Goerres will be in conversation with the artist.
Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room will be on view from January 28 – April 16, 2017, for more information on the exhibition visit www.otis.edu/ben-maltz-gallery.