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09 Nov 2019

David Henderson: Later that Afternoon

Studio 10

Reviewed by Elizabeth Johnson

The latest Henderson brothers' sound sculptures, like two jumbo woofers purring and rumbling, furnish the gallery with low drones, each periodically rattling into a crescendo.

Using a design of water ripples, an idealized construction of three waves overlapping, David Henderson molded the sculptures in epoxy-saturated carbon fiber. Ariel is pale with colored stippling but otherwise looks identical to Sounder. Douglas Henderson collected resonant frequencies from each sculpture and composed unique audio for each. Two transducers at the back of each sculpture play sine tones mixed with field recordings of water.

Douglas's sound increases the realism of David's design, vitalizing the form. Yet the arrhythmic nature of his recording makes the sculpture more alien and confrontational. Though it looks naturalistic, the ripple originated in Photoshop, and expanded into three dimensions via a CAD program.

Pleasantly baffling, the sculptures trigger the primal urge to distinguish living things from objects without differentiating the synthetic from the natural.

Exhibition David Henderson: Later that Afternoon link
Start date 11 Oct 2019
End date 10 Nov 2019
Presenter Studio 10 link
Venue 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA map
Image Installation view, David Henderson: Later that Afternoon, courtesy of Elisabeth Johnson

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