We have a new sculpture by Haroon Mirza and you can see it on display now in our ground floor exhibitions gallery.
One of the hottest UK artists of the moment, Haroon Mirza has won both the Silver Lion Award at the 54th Venice Biennale for best emerging international artist and the Northern Art Prize 2010.
Haroon Mirza uses sounds and objects from everyday life to make his art. His sculpture A Sleek Dry Yell is made using bits of furniture, water, an old television monitor, a record player, wooden speakers and video footage of cult musician and actor Richard "Kid" Strange.
Sound is used in this work as a sculptural material. The distinct objects have been brought together in a lo-fi DIY manner to generate noise and create something new. It is the combined rhythm of these noises that forms a sort of distorted sound composition.
Come along and hear it for yourself.
The artwork has been purchased by the Contemporary Art Society through the Sculpture Fund, supported by Cathy Wills. It is the first of five works to be co-acquired for Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery, Victoria Gallery and Museum (Liverpool), Walker Art Gallery (National Museums Liverpool) and Grundy Art Gallery (Blackpool).
Collecting art through partnership will help ensure that the public art collections in the North West are contemporary and relevant now and for future generations.
Following its display at Manchester Art Gallery, the sculpture will go on display at the other partnership galleries.
Haroon Mirza, A Sleek Dry Yell, mixed media, dimensions variable.
© the artist. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.