Robert Bean and Barbara Lounder: Composed 2021


Composed 2021

5682 North Street
Kjipuktuk/Halifax NS

July 3 to August 1, 2021
Open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon to 6pm, or by arrangement with the artists

Composed is a quality of being as well as the act of combining, assembling and making. This collaborative installation by Robert Bean and Barbara Lounder considers the potentials of making, writing, and reflecting during a period of constraints and limitations: folding, walking, dialogue, stories and cartographies create opportunities to circumvent perceived and required boundaries.

Robert Bean assembles recent artworks based on inscription, writing machines, scores and diagrams. During the pandemic, the disregarded tools of everyday life revise potential engagements with unimagined transformations. This happens through basic gestures such as walking, making and writing.

Barbara Lounder performs a new composition on a 1967 Smith Corona Super Sterling portable typewriter. This work combines excerpts from Lounder’s writing and walking-based artwork, Corona Walker with transcriptions from several related fiction and non-fiction texts by other writers. The performance of Super Sterling takes place live in the gallery at occasional intervals, with the resulting compositions exhibited as visual scores. A set of handmade walking sticks recalls the potentials of everyday mobility.

Image: Smith Corona Super Sterling

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