London, 15 February – 19 March 2011
Lisson Gallery is pleased to announce the first London solo exhibition by Haroon Mirza. Working with video, sculpture, light and sound, Mirza creates large scale installations and assemblages that explore moments in social and cultural history and their points of intersection with aural traditions and music.
Mirza’s works are simultaneously sculptural installations and audio compositions that alter the intended function of materials such as used furniture, household electronics, found or constructed video footage and sometimes artworks by other artists. The resulting assemblages give new function to and reveal the hidden qualities of outwardly disparate objects: an 80s hi-fi stand becomes a platform for a 90s computer monitor; mirrored coffee table is inversed to house a laser triggering soundtracks; a pair of domestic speakers become supports for a table top.
Concerned with the distinctions that define noise, sound and music, Mirza investigates the possibility of the visual and acoustic as a unified aesthetic form and mode of perception. For Mirza, hearing and listening are as significant taxonomic markers as seeing and looking. Consequently his work is informed as much by his experience as a DJ and the output of avant-garde composers as it is by the practice of other visual artists.
Works on view
52 Bell Street
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm