AERIAL: Sound Installation by David and Mathieu Ruhlman


The Pickle Company Artist-in-Residence Program presents:

an installation by David and Mathieu Ruhlman

Working with found objects, photographs, sound, video, and sculpture, the Ruhlman brothers provide an intimate look into possession and loss, separation and transcendence.

Aerial tells the story of someone desperate to reconnect with lost family. Using the possessions his family left behind, he obsessively tries to build a receptor—an aerial—through which he can communicate across the barrier of death. Drawing from the fringes of science and mysticism, the Ruhlman brothers create an interactive world of failed (and successful?) experiments to ask: What unspoken connections link family and what is transmitted across those connections? Do these connections survive death? What residue of individuals is left in the objects they possessed? Can these objects serve as a gateway into a hidden field of communication with those we’ve lost? By inviting the viewer into this private space of personal discovery and revelation, Aerial hopes to reveal the subtle voices spoken intuitively by individuals and the objects that surround them.

About the artists:

Mathieu Ruhlman is a sound and video artist living in Vancouver, B.C. He has released numerous recordings on various U.S., Canadian, and European Record labels, and has performed radio works for programs around the world. He was recently commissioned for a sound installation at the Liquid Architecture Festival in Brisbane, Australia.

"Mathieu Ruhlman gradually intrudes your perceptions using subtle and faintly recognizable recordings, while luring you into a dualistic mirage that's calm and haunting at the same time. " - EARlabs

David Ruhlman is a self-taught artist, based in Salt Lake City, UT, whose paintings and mixed-media works have been exhibited at Art Access, Rio Grande Gallery, Unknown Gallery, the Women’s Art Center, Object Gallery, and the Salt Lake Art Center. He was featured at the 2005 Art Papers auction in Atlanta, GA, and the 2005-07 Utah Arts Council Traveling Exhibit.

"David Ruhlman's art radiates a sense of the fantastical... [His] brightly colored works display quiet mystery, meticulous composition and perfect balance." - Catalyst Magazine

November 16 – December 9, 2006
at the Pickle Company
741 S. 400 W. SLC, UT 84101

Special Opening Reception, Thursday, November 16, 2006, 6–9 pm Featuring a live sound performance by Mathieu and David Ruhlman. Gallery Stroll Public Opening, Friday, November 17, 2006, 6-9pm

Art, Music, Salt Lake CityJesse Walker