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December 20, 2016 – January 8, 2017
JD Walsh’s Triangular Motif uses the musical triangle a link between the visual formalism of minimalist sculpture and rule-based, minimalist musical compositions. As a sculptural video projection, it consists of images of percussive metal triangles, arranged into scrolling patterns, and struck occasionally by an off-screen performer. The performances are edited so that the triangular patterns also become a sort of granular musical composition - every few minutes clouds of sound are created by the many small tones. In this sense, the work also functions as a marker of time, in the way that a grandfather or cuckoo clock uses sound cues at preset intervals.
JD Walsh is a multimedia artist. He has exhibited at galleries internationally including Halsey McKay, Cleopatra’s, 106 Green, Brennan & Griffin, and Nicole Klagsbrun in New York, Galerie Steinek in Vienna, and Cooper Cole in Toronto. In 2012 his public art installation “Ensemble for Mixed Use” was commissioned by the City of Toronto for the 2012 Nuit Blanche festival. His work has been written about in Artforum, Flash Art, and Sculpture Magazine, among others. His ongoing music project Shy Layers has garnered critical acclaim and was listed as one of the top 20 electronic albums of 2016 by Pitchfork. Walsh is interested in tuning, perception, framing devices, context, serialism, thought-mirrors, rhythm, time signatures, appropriation, shapeshifters, random number generators, echoes, hallucinations, compresssion, phases, castoffs, generative art, John Cage, texture, thresholds, and visual crossfades.