Jonas Pequeno: Foley

23rd Sep 2020 - 18th Dec 2020

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/ˈfəʊli/

23 September – 18 December 2020

Huxley-Parlour gallery presents a solo exhibition of new audiovisual and installation works by the London-based artist Jonas Pequeno. Comprising of three works, a kinetic sound installation Foley, a CGI video Ocean Scene Composite and a photographing print, and the act of appearing, the exhibition considers incongruity in digital fictional constructs.

The title of the exhibition, /ˈfəʊli/, is a phonetic transcription of the word foley, a film-making technique used to manually mimic everyday sound effects in post-production when props do not acoustically match their real life counterparts. Commonly used foley techniques include using acorns or walnuts on wood to emulate breaking bones and cornstarch in a leather pouch to achieve the sound of crunching snow.

Influenced by the concept of foley, Pequeno’s work features an audiovisual installation that incorporates microphones and balloons swayed by a fan, replicating the sound of crashing ocean waves. This sound is digitally processed and played through speakers alongside a computer-generated ocean scene; creating an entirely manufactured, simulated environment. The exhibition highlights the powerful possibilities of technology and challenges our perception of sound via Pequeno’s experimental methods.

Pequeno works predominantly with sound, spanning various mediums including sculpture, painting, performance and video. He is interested in the transformative nature of sound and its intersection with language, exploring concepts around semiotics, absurdism and technological intervention.

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Watch: Jonas Pequeno Discusses his Work, /ˈfəʊli/

Here Jonas Pequeno discusses the concept of foley, and reveals the ways in which the work, /ˈfəʊli/, subverts the genre by making visible labour which would normally be invisible.