‘Sympathetic Dissonance’ on Display at Carlos Gallery

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The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at the University of the South is pleased to present “Sympathetic Dissonance,” an exhibition of sculptural installations by artist and Sewanee alumna Mary Stuart Hall, C’04. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 12. An artist talk and reception will be at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15.

Mary Stuart Hall creates sculptural installations that mediate text and other forms of cultural artifacts into a multi-dimensional experience. The construction of knowledge based on digested experience, combined with rich emotional content generate architectural forms integrated with interactive technology. The emotional experience of loss and inadequate memory runs through the content of the work. 

In this exhibition, Hall explores a phenomenon known as sympathetic resonance, where under certain conditions, bringing a ringing tuning fork nearby can make a silent tuning fork begin to ring. Illustrating the materiality of sound in space, Sympathetic Dissonance considers how the idea and reality of encountering a landscape can be incongruous. The installation relies on the complex experience of a place and space to create a contrast between the idea of a place, an imaginary landscape, and the sensational experience of the material world. 

Hall states, “The distance sound travels can define a space in ways that walls or lines on a map cannot. Political boundaries have evolved as lines often divorced from the everyday experience of a place. In contrast to a binary expression separating here from there, an ancient Germanic tradition defines the boundary of a town with a church bell. Any person hearing the bell is inside the town. By using sound to define a boundary, the perceptual experience of a place is incorporated in its existence. One could even be in two places at once.” “Sympathetic Dissonance” complicates the understanding of how we measure space and define a place.

Mary Stuart Hall is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Atlanta, Ga. She has exhibited work throughout the US and internationally, including an award for Best in Show at MINT Gallery’s annual juried exhibition. She was an artist in residence at ADAM Lab at Georgia Tech in collaboration with Eyedrum Gallery, and she was also the MFAST Artist in Residence at the University of the Arts Bremen, Germany. Graduating with a degree from the University of the South, Hall completed a Masters in Art Education from the University of Georgia, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Studio Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She teaches visual art at the Galloway School in Atlanta.    

The Carlos Galleryis located in the Nabit Art Building, 105 Kennerly Rd. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, 1–5 p.m. For more information contact Jessica Wohl at  (931) 598-1256       or <jewohl@sewanee.edu>.