July 31, 1992 - August 29th, 1992
Opening Reception: 6-8pm, July 31, 1992
Ed Osborn’s installation Zaku Zaku continues the artist’s interest in manipulating musical and perceptual information. Zaku Zaku derives its title from a Japanese phrase that describes the sound of walking on gravel or frost. Covering the entire floor of the mezzanine gallery will be a layer of rock salt. A microphone amplifies each step. Audio speakers hang from pulleys playing conversational snippets in several languages of people finding themselves in psychological or physical situations beyond their control. Inorganic mechanisms record organic existence. Osborn says the piece ‘illustrates a notion of a person being subject to the constraints of a larger system.’ Step by amplified step on the pure white floor, voice by recorded voice, the viewer becomes aware of being subject to a fragile support structure larger than oneself.