Jon Tarry

Friday 9 pm

Contact + Field, Amplification of the Space.

Expanding the perceptual field of drawing through sound amplification and modulation, where the pencil and sketchbook become complex sound emanating instruments.


This project expands drawing tools and processes as performance with sound. The aim is to develop new tools as a means to inscribe multi sensorial temporal field. While the history of sound integrated with the visual image stretches back to antiquity, more recently there have been numerous hybrid expressions with the digital era of generative art forms in abundance.

Making marks about thoughts through drawing is a direct human response, in here primordial sound form patterns—raw and immediate improvisation as the sonic pencil and sketch board become an instrumental evocations. The artist and the audience in their part as participatory spectator share the experience.


Jon Tarry makes art that expands the parameters of sculpture and sound art. Through a working methodology that is collaborative in a spirit of curiosity and experimentation. Recent projects include; ‘Reasonable Dreams’, Paris La Gallery Architecture, with AP Malta and RPW Paris, Drawing and Sculpture. ‘Sonic Wind Section’, sound art performance, at MONA FOMA 2014 Curated by Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes, and Nicole Durling appearing with Cameron Robbins and Peter Knight director of AAO.

Jon Tarry has completed numerous individual exhibitions and many public commissions over twenty five years, this has resulted in diverse projects across Australia, Europe and America. Solo exhibitions include, ‘Vanishing Point’ 1992, LWAG, ‘Still’, 1994, ‘Outstation’, OZCO Los Angeles, 2003, ’Smashed’ 2007, at GDF, In My Beginning is My End, 2012 AUDRC, Arrival + Departures, 2012 Pin Up project space. Performances include; ‘Swarm’, PIAF LWAG 2012, Sculpture Commissions; Sky Shard, Canberra, Master Planning Naturescape, winner of AILA Australian Design Award 2012.



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