Goetemann Environmental/Installation Artist, Matthew Trueman, Begins Project at Ocean Alliance, September 3

Opening Talk: Tuesday, September 3, 7:00 PM at the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck

Closing Talk: Thursday, September 26, 6:00 PM at Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, Gloucester


Detail of kinetic sound sculpture by Matthew Truemann.

Canadian sculpture and video artist, Matthew Trueman, was chosen as the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s 2019 Goetemann Environmental/Installation Artist.  Truman is currently building on a series called Instruments for Landscapes that utilizes musical and clockwork technology powered by found sources of energy to create autonomous instruments tuned to specific landscapes.  He plans to create a similar piece for his Goetemann Residency project at Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, in Rocky Neck. 

Truemann will give an opening talk at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 3 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. He will show and talk about his completed project at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 26 at Ocean Alliance. The public is also invited to watch Truemann at work anytime by walking up Horton Street to Ocean Alliance anytime from September 4 to 22.

Instrument for Inquiry installation by Matthew Trueman

A central theme of Truemann’s work is an exploration of space using our ears, as opposed to our eyes, as the primary source of information. This shift of sense is especially relevant for understanding marine animals that rely far more on acoustics that humans.

The Instruments for the Landscapes series aims to allow us to listen closer by making sound. To do this the sculpture, and ultimately the listener, must absorb, respond and harmonize with the elemental and ecological sounds of the coastline.

The sculpture powers itself using energy from the wind, water or the sun to create an output that works like a telescope, allowing listeners access into the depth of the soundscape around them.

About Matthew Truemann
A Canadian sculpture and video artist who completed his MFA at Western University in 2018, Truemann is a resident of London, Ontario. He employed his woodworking background to found an environmentally responsible furniture business called Joined Habitat.  See http://www.matthewtrueman.com/#/instrument-for-inquiry-into-the-melody-of-the-landscape/ to see and hear examples of Truemann’s prior constructions. Matthew Truemann’s residency is sponsored by Karen Ristuben.
About the Goetemann Artist Residency

Named in honor of its founder, artist Gordon Goetemann, the Residency fosters innovation and courageous artistic experimentation within a nurturing community that supports cultural tolerance and the exchange of new ideas.

About the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the RNAC, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, please contact: director@rockyneckartcolony.org.

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