Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Peas And Carrots

Marla Hlady, A Case for Sound, 2009 (ongoing), custom fabricate wood boxes, hardware, mp3 players, amplified speakers, sound, AAA batteries, motion switches. Commissioned by Artengine. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Marla Hlady, A Case for Sound, 2009 (ongoing), custom fabricate wood boxes, hardware, mp3 players, amplified speakers, sound, AAA batteries, motion switches. Commissioned by Artengine. Photo courtesy of the artist.

On Friday there’s an artist talk/performance and opening reception for this exhibition at the Dunlop Gallery. The show is curated by Blair Fornwald, and includes work by Ellen Moffat, Erin Gee, Erika Lincoln, Stephanie Loveless and Marla Hlady

The exhibition title is derived from an old theatre trick where actors in background scenes repeat the phrases “rhubarb, rhubarb” and/or “peas and carrots” to simulate murmured conversation. As might be expected, sound and language are two components of the show. Specifically, the artists and curator are interested in exploring distinctions between written and spoken language and sound and image.

On Friday, there will be an artist talk by Hlady at 6 p.m.. That will be followed by a reception and separate performances by Moffat and Gee. Then on Saturday Gee will follow that up with a workshop called Strange Theremin on from noon to 4:30 p.m. where she will work with participants to create a “choir” using everyday objects and a timer. The workshop is open to teens and adults, and pre-registration is required.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Peas and Carrots runs until Sept. 5. And there’s also a curatorial tour with Fornwald Saturday July 25 from 2-3 p.m.

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