Arts & Culture


Lismore Regional Gallery = Ross Manning: Dissonant Rhythms

National tour of artist Ross Manning’s mesmerising light and sound installations visits Lismore Regional Gallery

Exhibition dates: 17 June – 16 August 2020

Fans, fluorescent tubes, and overhead projectors are repurposed to create exquisite interplays of light and sound for the national tour of Ross Manning’s Dissonant Rhythms visiting Lismore Regional Gallery currently at Lismore Regional Gallery (until 2020).

Audiences will experience mesmerising encounters with light, movement, and sound scored by carefully manipulated technologies during the internationally acclaimed artist’s Australian tour.
Dissonant Rhythms is the Brisbane-based artist and musician’s first ever survey exhibition, which premiered at the IMA in 2017. Receiving significant acclaim, Manning recently unveiled a major new commission at Carriageworks in Sydney (2016), presented new work at the Shanghai Biennale (2016), and was featured in MCA’s Primavera (2009) and The National. Museum of Contemporary Art, New South Wales (2019).
Over the past decade, Manning has developed what could be described as his own world, animated by light and sound. Combining choregraphed mechanical movements with gravity, friction, and chance, Manning’s works mix sonic and luminous landscapes.
Consuming all manner of household and industrial objects, hardware, and technologies, Manning’s practice uses light, sound, and motion to colonise nearly every surface and wavelength in its vicinity.
Dissonant Rhythms was curated by IMA’s Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, and Assistant Director Madeleine King. When describing the work King states,
He is an obsessive creator of systems that are driven by their own logic, and of moving objects propelled by electricity and their own kinetic forces.”

Manning manages to be analytical and systems-oriented as well as playful and lyrical in his assemblages.  A domestic fan becomes a propeller for a swinging mobile of coloured light in one work, and animates a rotating spiral of string in another.”
The exhibition is on at Lismore Regional Gallery until 16 August 2020.