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Installation in SFA's Student Galleries will feature sound art

January 30, 2014 - Robbie Goodrich
The work of visiting sound artist Jason Flowers will be exhibited in the SFA Student Galleries in the SFA Art Building beginning with a presentation at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10. A reception will follow.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Sound artist Jason Flowers, a candidate for graduation from Texas A&M University - Commerce's master of fine arts program, will exhibit an installation of work beginning Monday, Feb. 10, in the Student Galleries of the Art Building on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Although sound art is not new, it has recently gained legitimacy and attention in the art world through such shows as "Soundings," the Museum of Modern Art's first major exhibition of sound art, according to John Handley, director of SFA Galleries.

"Flowers' work contains many similar themes as those in that exhibition," Handley said. "His work was selected, in part, to explore this current trend." Some of the installations from the "Soundings" exhibition at MoMA can be seen on Youtube.

Sound has traditionally been the territory of live musicians. However since the advent of mechanical reproduction of sound and, more recently, the proliferation of mechanical/digital creation of sound, there has been an innate interest in bringing sound experience and creation of sound back into the physical tactile world, Handley explained. Flowers' accomplishes this by making sound the central element of interactive theatrical installations, he said.

"Amateur musician, set designer and the son of an electrical technician, Flowers brings these disparate elements together in his installation work commonly known today as sound art," Handley said.

Included in this exhibition will be three installation works, including "Critique Machine," "Eight Ohms" and "Sanity Enhancement Device." Flowers will give a gallery presentation at 3 p.m. Feb. 10. A reception will follow. His work will be displayed through Feb. 20. The Student Galleries are located off Wilson Drive.

All receptions and gallery presentations are free and open to the public.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.