Alex Ryley

Alex Ryley - Vane

Alex Ryley, Singing, 2002, mixed media installation, dimensions variable


Singing consists of several violin strings stretched taut across the recesses of the space in the building in which it is exhibited. Travelling around the space on a series of pulleys and motors, a silk thread slowly brushes over the strings to create an orchestra of wavering notes that fills the space and surrounds the audience. The movement of the silk thread draws the eye to different areas of the site as it slowly maps out the space. The building amplifies, reflects and alters each note, which in turn holds a trace memory of its environment. Singing is an intimate work that touches on the notions of identity and context – how the influence of our surroundings is not always overt and how our impressions of the world around us are subjective.