Walking into artist-musician Dylan Martorell’s Duppy Musique Povera is somewhat like walking into the dusty old corner of some crumbling museum. The small ‘Project Space’ at Object Gallery is a jumble of seemingly incongruous items – wooden shoes, old bits of plumbing, plants, balls, globes, tubes and old clothes –brought into strange assemblages. But these collections of found items are more than just ‘povera’ sculptures; each is also a working musical instrument or system. Wearable speakers, driftwood stringed instruments, soccer ball sound systems; Martorell’s audio sculptures prompt us to reconceptualise our sense of musicality. The ‘found’ aesthetic gives the exhibition the air of a mysterious collection of artifacts from a lost civilization – the pieces are both strangely familiar and curiously foreign simultaneously. Sadly if you didn’t catch him on Saturday Jan 29, you’ve missed the chance to see Martorell perform on his creations, however the pieces still make an interesting sight, and the more musically-minded will no doubt be able to use their imaginations.
Until Apr 3, Object Gallery, 415 Bourke St, Surry Hills, 9361 4511, object.com.au