Sean Dower: Artworks and information

 
   
 

Sculpture and Installation ... (non chronological)

 

'A conversation along the Highway of Brotherhood and Unity', 2017
Conversation
Installation of sculptures with sound at Dom Omladine Gallery, Belgrade
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Cicadas and synth

Cicadas, ball bearings and synthesizer, 2017 (62 x 62 x 3cm)

 
Zou Zou's Mime Reconstructed, 1993Zou Zou  

Zou Zou
Zou Zou's mime, screened on the side of London's National Theatre 1999.

 
Zou Zou's Mime Reconstructed, 1993 - click for more information and images
Video monitor, plywood and mixed media
Approx. 200 x 244 x 120cm



     
Book Pyre, 2011

book pyre
 

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Book Pyre, 2011
Books, wooden pallets, kindling and paper.
2100 x 2100 x 1100mm

 
Installation shots of Book Pyre at Southard Reid, 2011


     

No Room in Hell (Absent Qualia), 1997No Room in Hell

 


No Room in Hell

 
No Room in Hell, 1997 - 3D polarized video projection with silvered screen
Solo exhibition at Matt's Gallery, London.
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No Room in Hell - Polarizing glasses
 
Ground Control, 2010
Ground Control
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Ground Control

Ground Control, 2010 - click for details and images

 
Ground Control, 2010 (installed at Netwerk Center, belgium)
Car, fluorescent paint, LF soundtrack, bass speakers and UV Black light (dimensions variable)

 


 
St Simeon's Drum Riser, 2012

St Simeon's Drum Riser
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St Simeon's Drum Riser St Simeon's cctv St Simeon live ST Simeon live St Simeon of Aleppo
St Simeon's Drum Riser, 2012
Wooden pallets, platform, percussion instruments, cctv system
450 x 100 x 120cm

St Simeon's Drum Riser is tower of wooden pallets with a cramped performance space on top.
A live cctv link relays an image of the small, impossibly high performance space to a monitor.
During The Voyeur exhibtion, the artist undertook 3 improvised peformances on this platform,
activating the installation using a variety of percussion instruments - see video
here

St Simeon of Stylites was a 5th century Christian ascetic who reputedly lived on top of a tall
column for 37 years in what is now Aleppo in Syria. His motivation was questioned by the
church at the time, but it turned out he was more likely in search of isolation, rather than
implying that he was above anyone else. By exaggeration, St Simeon's Drum Riser questions
the hierarchical relationship between audience and performer.

See other works exhibited at
The Voyeur

 
Pallets, performance space with instruments and live cctv feed (dimensions variable)


     
Enochian sound reflectors, 2012

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  Enochian Sound Reflectors, 2012 (click images to enlarge)
acoustic panels acoustic panels book pyre John Dee
Each panel 59 x 55 x 10cm

Acoustic reflectors are used in the recording industry, concert halls and other architectural
settings to diffuse sound. Rather than absorb sound, they break up reflections using complex,
three-dimensional surfaces. These 4 panels are made of a hard gypsum and acrylic resin and
their design is based the Enochian tablets of Elizabethan alchemist, Dr John Dee.
Using an algorithm of numeric equivalents, Dr Dee's Enochian alphabet was translated into
cubic blocks between 1 and 9cm high. Each panel has a different configutration and the work
explores modernist notions of functionality alongside more historic and esoteric references such
as Kurt Schwitter's Merzbau and alchemical process.

This work is dedicated to the late American composer Jerry Hunt.

See all works exhibited at
The Voyeur
 
Enochian Sound Reflectors, 2012
Four cast acrylic relief panels (122 x 114 x 10cm)


     
Shaking Cabinet, 2012



Shaking Cabinet uses a powerful bass speaker whose sound is tuned to trigger the resonant
frequencies of a steel cupboard and its contents. The low frequency soundtrack periodically
causes the cabinet to shake, rattle and bang, catching the unsuspecting viewer off-guard.

 


Shaking Cabinet

Shaking Cabinet, 2012
Steel cupboard, bass speaker, amplifier and soundtrack. 180 x 91 x 40 cm

 


  Shaking Cabinet was first exhibited in The Voyeur  
Next Door, 1991 (reconstructed 2010)
next door
 



 
Next Door, 1991
Drinking glass, speaker, jack lead, cotton wool and soundtrack

8 x 8 x 12cm


 

Next Door, 1991 - video with sound (1 min excerpt)

 
The Voyeur, 2012

Video documentation of The Voyeur (5 min - with sound)

The Voyeur was first exhibited at De La Warr Pavilion in 2012
See page dedicated to
The Voyeur here

 



 


The video is a walk around the exhibition The Voyeur, which combined sculpture,
photography and seemingly familiar objects with the technology of sound.

The installation operated as a kind of sound system and the audience had to
orientate themselves using both sculptural and sonic cues. In the exhibition, the
forms and ideas of modernity (and modern technology) are also uncannily echoed
by historical ideas, which seem to anticipate the modern era.During the exhibition,
the artist performed on top of the 4.5m tall St Simeon's Drum
Riser (made of stacked pallets), whilst CCTV relayed a bird's eye view of the
performer down to ground level.


 

Music in Trees, 2004


Muisc_trees
 

 



Music_trees

 
Music in Trees, 2004 (dimensions variable)
The complete recorded works of the Triffids and David McComb on cassette tape,
unwound and tangled in a lonely tree.

Exhibited in A Temporary Monument to David McComb at STUK Leuven, Belgium.
See also Drawings: Welbeck Court / Triffid Court


  Detail of Music in Trees, 2004
Approximately 400m of cassette tape was unwound and tangled in a tree.
The tape rustled and glistened in the wind and rain
L'Age d'Autoroute, 1993

L'Age d'autoroute
 



L'Age_d'Auto

 

L'Age d'Autoroute, 1993 (16 x 38 x 27cm)
Retro-reflective film on aluminium, plywood box

The 4 reflective signs (London, Dover, Calais, Amsterdam), were used to hitch-hike from
Amsterdam to London and back.

  Set of two photographs accompanying L'Age d'Autoroute, 1993
45 x 30cm, each
 
NOISES, 2013
6 unique sculptures with 6 engraved plastic signs on oak stands approx.

Noises
Above: Noises #1, 2013
(64 x 12 x 4.5 cm)

The order of signs can be altered to suit various imagined narratives.
Work may sit on a surface or be wall mounted.

Each of the 6 versions is unique - see right for index.


 



noises 1 to 6

 


     

WHOOSH (work for lift shaft), 2013

 

 

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WHOOSH

 
WHOOSH, 2013
Permanent installation in the lift-shaft of Hotel El Ganzo, Puerto Los Cabos, Mexico

Fluorescent ink screenprint on aluminium panels. 110 x 110cm (5 pieces)


 
Sketch for 'WHOOSH', 2013
 
HIJKLMNO 1991

HIJKLMNO

HIJKLMNO, 1991 - installation for the exhibition SAFE
White tiled cubic structures with canal water and plastic sheeting
Dimensions variable
 

HIJKLMNO 1991 (click images to enlarge)
h2o h2o h2o h2o

 

See also: Bathrooms of the World

 

     

Death Star 2008

 

 

Deat Star

 
Death Star, 2008
Carved polystyrene mirror ball, chain, motor, light and optional acoustic foam.
50cm diameter mirror ball, installation dimensions variable.
See also:
Ghost Drummer


 
The 50cm diameter black ball slowly rotates, revealing an inanely glinting smile.
 
Test Card (intermissions #1 & #2), 2015

Test Card (intermission #1)

 

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Intermission
Intermission
Test Card (intermission #1 + #2), 2015
29 x 21cm mounted c-type photographs, scientific clamps.

The Test Cards are mounted on stands and positioned directly in front of video cameras to fill the frame of view. The images are of empty rooms, which have their windows cut out. On the live video-feed, the room behind and any people in it are glimpsed through the window frames.

The empty rooms in the photographs suggest estate agent's promotional material or the completion of a hard day's decorating. The work celebrates cheap cinematic special effects, or budget advertising found between film and TV programming.

The work was first shown at Dear Serge, an off-site project with De La Warr Pavillion, when the video was streamed to a local cinema and live on the internet.

 


 
Test Card (intermission #1), 2015
C-type photograph mounted on card (29 x 21cm) and scientific clamp

     
Nature / Culture, 1997

Nature Culture sculpture
 

Drummer Shoots Band Mates, 1996

drummer shoots

 
Nature / Culture, 1997
Plastic bin, plastic bottles, flourescent paint, water and sheepskin rug
Dimensions: 70 x 55 x 80cm



 
Goodbye (mobile lightbox), 1996

goodbye
 

 

 
Goodbye, 1996
Mobile lightbox, positioned at the entrance to an exhbiition
Aluminium, perspex, light. Dimensions: 90 x 90 x 60cm



     
The Death of Cinema (works for film projection booths), 1990

VOID
 

Projection Booths Projection Booths Projection Booths
The Death of Cinema, 1990 - click on images to enlarge

These works utilise various existing appertures (portholes) of film projection booths

 
The Death of Cinema, 1990
Perspex, wood, paint and lighting. Dimensions variable

     
Building Site, 1999

Building Site
 


Site

Building Site, 1999

The sculpture houses multiple, interior stereo views of the building during construction
(see also stereo viewer sculptures)

 
Building Site, 1999
Scale model with images of the New Art Gallery, Walsall under construction.
MDF, stereo photo-viewers, 35mm transparencies, fluoprescent light and stand.
(160 x 100 x 80cm)

   
Room in Hell, 1998

No room in hell
 


Room in Hell

Room in Hell, 1998 (one of the interior stereo views)

Immediately upon completion of filming for the 3D film 'No Room in Hell, 1997', the gallery
was documented from all angles using stereo photography.

 
Room in Hell, 1998 - installed in Matt's Gallery (see also stereo viewer sculptures)
Scale model of Matt's Gallery. MDF, paint, stereo viewers, transparencies, light,
steel stand with wheels (100 x 110 x 100cm)



   
Cast of an empty box for the iPhone 3GS, 2013

Iphone 3GS box iphone 3gs box
 


iPhone 3GS drawing
 
Cast acrylic resin and silk cloth (7.9 x 11 x 13.5 cm)


 
Paper drawing of 'Cast of an empty box for the iphone 3GS', 2013
 
Between terror and relief 1989

Ahh pianno
 



Ahh

 

Between Terror and Relief, 1989
Relief letters and paint on french-polished wooden panel (52 x 30cm).


  Ahh! 1989
Advertisment hoardings on electricity substation, Peckham, London.

* The above posters were seen some weeks after the work at left was made.
 
Isolation 1990

Isolation
 

 

 
Isolation I & II, 1990
Cast concrete blocks, lead disks, copper bar, telephone, cassette player and headphones.
Each concrete block approximately 40 x 40 x 40cm


     
What is dark, but made of light? 1990

Darklight
 

Sprung Instrument 1987

spring

 
What is dark, but made of light? 1990
Wood, lights, electricity, steel, soot, copper wire (dimensions variable)



  Sprung Instrument, 1987
Steel spring, wooden resonating box (60 x 20 x 30cm)
 

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