Haroon Mirza. \|\|\|\| \|\|\:
HAROON MIRZA, \|\|\|\| \|\|\
exhibition view at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, May 2012
Photo: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, GUNNAR MEIER
A characteristic of HAROON MIRZA‘s installations is that you hear them before you see them, listening to them by approaching the space in which they take shape. And the exhibition entitled \|\|\|\| \|\|\ at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen is no exception. Part of a series of works with which MIRZA is exploring the idea of site-specificity, \|\|\|\| \|\|\ exploits architectonic properties of the exhibition space reducing the installation to its essential, physical components.
The artist creates three minimalist sculptures with these light chains in the primary colours red, green and blue, which are stretched between columns and walls in the first and last rooms. The sounds which the lights generate when going on and off are amplified many times and transported to the middle exhibition room, where they will be heard as a rhythmic composition. MIRZA is thus transforming the Kunst Halle into a new wave walk-through installation.
HAROON MIRZA (*1977, London) graduated from the Winchester School of Art (Fine Art Painting) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Painting & Drawing). Subsequently he studied Fine Arts at the Chelsea College of Art & Design as well as Critical Practice and Theory at Goldsmiths College. He now lives and works between Sheffield and London. In 2011 he won the Silver Lion Award at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale and in 2010 he was awarded the Northern Art Prize. He is represented by Lisson Gallery, London.
\|\|\|\| \|\|\ by HAROON MIRZA is on view at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen through July 1, 2012.