I was fortunate to be invited by a friend to the Vernissage of the Armory Show 2012 here in NYC on Wednesday night. It was a great show, if a bit overwhelming as these art fairs can be, but I’ll be back to see the rest of it for sure. Right up front in one of the closest booths to the entrance of Pier 94 was an interesting piece by a Finnish duo from Helsinki, Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen. Trained as architects – they have a studio called a.men – both Grönlund and Nisunen are record producers and artists as well, creating installations and mixed-media pieces that explore sound and space in a relatively low tech, simple manner.
Their latest work, currently at the Armory in Galerie Anhava’s booth, is subtly dramatic creating an appealing and soothing sound. The piece, titled Wave of Matter, consists of a large metal sheet low to the ground with thousands of small metal beads on top, automated to tilt ever-so-minimally every minute or so. The result is visually stunning with all the beads shifting to the other side, creating a similar effect to sand along the shoreline as the water retreats. The swishing sound of the metal beads is also very water-like. It’s quite mesmerizing. Probably best to see it in action, as in the video below: