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The sublime and the sonic at Talbot Rice

The University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery’s new set of exhibitions mix a sense of wonder with the uncanny and features art works built only out of sound waves.

The two shows are The Beguiled Eye, painter Christopher Orr’s first ever solo exhibition in Scotland, and gap in the air, a celebration of experimental music and sonic art.

The Beguiled Eye

Detail from two paintings by Christopher Orr called Together We Sing and Beyond Light

Featuring new and recent paintings by Christopher Orr, The Beguiled Eye is filled with expansive, dreamlike landscapes incongruously dotted with characters in 1950s leisure wear.

Orr’s work mixes the Old Masters’ sense of the sublime with images from an array of sources including Super 8 films, National Geographic magazines and holiday snaps from the mid-20th century.

In some paintings figures stare at strange geometric forms in the sky, while others depict uncanny encounters with spectral, shadowy beings.

The Beguiled Eye

Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission free.

Saturday 15 November 2014, 10.00am

Saturday 14 February 2015, 5.00pm

Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Orr’s sketchbooks, which offer glimpses into his method, tests and unfinished work, will also be on view for the first time.

Born in Helensburgh and a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Orr now lives and works in London.

gap in the air

Photo of the Georgian Gallery at the Talbot Rice

Talbot Rice’s Georgian Gallery will be transformed into a sounding-box for gap in the air, a programme of work dedicated to the experience of sound.

A season of events will encompass four distinct themes in contemporary sonic art - place, reach, orientation and nature.

gap in the air

Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission free.

Saturday 15 November 2014, 10.00am

Saturday 14 February 2015, 5.00pm

Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Full shedule of events

Events will include a sound installation playing with William Hogarth’s thesis on the beauty of ‘S’ shapes, an endless playlist of 3D sonic art gathered from an international open call to artists, and University staff and students testing the potential of mobile phones to create sound designs.