For his first exhibition at 1/9unosunove Duncan Marquiss presents a new series of drawings and a film which explore texture and perception. Marquiss has taken the striking checkerboard pattern of 1/9unosunove’s gallery floor as a starting point for the exhibition and he will make a temporary drawing on its surface.
Overlapping patterns can produce moiré phenomena; a form of visual interference created by two similar signals moving out-of-synch with one another. Noise, the title of the exhibition, plays upon notions of visual and acoustic interference but also considers other uses of the word. In computer generated imagery noise is used as a technical term for simulating natural textures, such as the surfaces of rock, water or smoke. These visual effects are built by assigning random values to points on a 3D lattice, forming repeating ‘tiles’ of texture.
Marquiss’ double reading of noise as meaning both interference and texture presents him with forms and processes that inform his artworks. Continuous waves, discrete lines, superimposed grids, random and pseudo-random marks, spectral colours and textured paper make up the visual vocabulary of the exhibition.
The traces of the artist’s hand in the drawings, and the obscured figure in his film Interferometry, could also be considered as noise – a stochastic or human element that disrupts the utopian world of abstract patterns. Like the layered marks of the drawings the exhibition invites the viewer to make their own mental overlaps and find patterns between the artworks.
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