Matt Henry with Madoka Kouno at Goya Curtain, Tokyo

Matt Henry with Madoka Kouno at Goya Curtain, Tokyo

Matt Henry shares the physical and aural boundaries of Goya Curtain (Tokyo) with Madoka Kouno in the exhibition Personal Recordings, opening 22 April 2016.

Madoka Kouno, a sound artist and improviser who has been performing since the early 2000s, presents two tracks that were recorded live at Ftarri, Tokyo, in November 2012. Utilising portable tape recorders (without cassettes) as sound making and amplifying devices, she manipulated and changed their positions to create subtle tremors and rich complex sound vibrations that radiated throughout the space.

Appropriating graphic motifs and colours used by various videocassettes circa 1980, Henry uses the anachronistic technology of painting to extract memories from this obsolete format. Drawing upon his own video library as source material, he proposes these paintings as models that preceded (and informed) his experience of colour field painting, and as objects and memories that challenge modernist doctrines attached to abstraction.
Image: Matt Henry, The Endless Summer, 2016, acrylic on unprimed canvas, 382 x 468mm