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Barry Stone

Porch Swing Orchestra

May 17 - June 22, 2024

Opening Reception : May 17, 2024 6-8 pm

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery presents a new solo exhibition of Barry Stone’s photographic work based on his ongoing web project Porch Swing Orchestra, which explores the interplay between images, music, and field recordings. The framed photographs, wall vinyls, and sound recordings included in this exhibition provide a window into the project’s history.

Since 2018, Stone has published images paired with sound on porchswingorchestra.org. Each post consists of an audio field recording of Stone’s guitar melodies plus ambient sounds (conversations of passersby, the rattle of air conditioners, birdsong, sirens of cicadas) and a photograph taken at the time and place of the recording. The photographs are often “databent,” which involves hacking the code that makes up digital images to glitch the picture.

In the gallery space, large databent images have been printed as vinyls and adhered directly to the wall, providing a layered backdrop for nine framed works. Sounds collaged from the original recordings play on speakers in the gallery.

During the show, a special edition, 12-inch LP of the original PSO sound pieces will be available at the gallery.  In addition, the gallery will make a weekly post of new PSO pieces on the website.

project

Porch Swing Orchestra — Week One

During the Porch Swing Orchestra exhibition Stone will publish a new piece weekly. Week One is up now! You can also look and listenon porchswingorchestra.org

Press

An Artforum “Must-See” Show

Barry Stone's solo show Porch Swing Orchestra is listed as part of Artforum’s “Must-See Shows,” the editors’ selection of essential exhibitions worldwide. The exhibition is on view May 17 – June 22, 2024.

Limited Edition LP

Barry Stone Porch Swing Orchestra, 2024

A vinyl record produced on the occasion of Barry Stone’s 2024 exhibition Porch Swing Orchestra at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery.

Side A – Past PSO Pieces
Side B – Site Reading: Marfa, Texas 2024

Interview

Art Dirt: Music & Photography with Barry Stone’s Porch Swing Orchestra

Barry Stone was interviewed by Leslie Moody Castro for Glasstire. Barry discusses his long-running project, Porch Swing Orchestra and the relationship between sound and image. Listen to the interview here.

Item for sale

Lost Pines

In 2002, photographer Barry Stone’s grandfather’s trailer was engulfed in a tragic fire. Eight full-color pull-out posters reproduce Stone’s grandfather’s recovered Polaroids, which are nested between dark, black-and-white landscapes, revealing the human element of personal loss within an ecological disaster. A small, intimate book within a book depicts his grandfather’s darkened and distorted trailer.

Catalog

Barry Stone, Daily, In a Nimble Sea, 2017

9 x 11.5 inches, 96 pages, 37 color plates printed on matte paper. Cloth-wrapped hardcover with photographic tip-in. Published by Twin Palms Press, Silas Finch imprint.