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PRESS RELEASE 12/19/2014
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Exhibition at Palo Alto Art Center Explores the Artistic Power and Resonance of Sound
Contact : Ken Heiman    650-617-3511
Kate Lee Short, The Oculus, 2012, salvaged speakers, speaker wire, Motu audio interface, Mac Mini, amplifiers, wood, 192 x 168

PALO ALTO, CA What is the sound of art?  The Palo Alto Art Center will attempt to answer that compelling question through its upcoming exhibition, Hear This!, Jan. 17-April 12 at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, Calif.

The exhibition will present works by five contemporary artists who employ the power of sound in artworks that explore perception, the passage of time, and nostalgia.  Visitors will be immersed in sonic experiences by artists such as Oakland, Calif.-based Kate Lee Short, who creates monumental sculptures comprised of stacks of salvaged speakers, and Chris Duncan, also of Oakland, who invites visitors to make sounds on his door-sized string instrument. 

We are excited to open our visitors’ ears to the expressive potential of sound as art,” said Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “Hear This! showcases how a handful of contemporary artists are breaking down barriers between media in their attempt to create novel and engaging artworks.”

Other artists participating in the exhibition include: Julianne Swartz of New York, who will exhibit a tapestry of electric wire and speakers that emit different human sounds; Mark Malberg, of Petaluma, Calif., whose high-tech, hand-built, light-activated mobiles jerk, click, and chirp responsively, raising questions about the relationship between humans and machines; and Christian Marclay, of New York and London, whose video, Looking for Love, features Marclay repeatedly raising and dropping the needle of a record player, searching for the moment when a vocalist sings the word “love.”

The exhibition is free to the public and will take place from Jan. 17-April 12, at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, Calif.  A special opening celebration with the artists will be held on Jan. 23, 7-10 p.m., at the Art Center.  More information may be found at

About The Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 70,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.