Ven Voisey left sunny California for the gritty, post-industrial town of North Adams, MA, a move that seemingly reflects the noir hue of his work. Voisey is a multi-disciplinary artist, working in painting, sculpture, installation, and sound art. His practice is, however, unified by an overarching interest in communication—the possibility or impossibility of translation—across species, and through time and technology. In Voisey’s world, a rough-hewn Teddy Ruxpin lives on as a spectral automated puppet narrating self-help mantras instead of bedtime stories, spoken human voice becomes screeching primal call, and the eerie hum of a fluorescent light is a score for a quartet of violinists. Through a re-purposing of “artifact as instrument” he blends, confuses, and ultimately reorients our aural experience of language to noise.
Learn more about Voisey's project for the Biennial, Ghost Radio, and contribute your own ghost stories and paranormal experiences to be included in his piece.
Ven Voisey, Ghost Radio, 2011
hand held FM receivers, transmitters, sound
Courtesy of the artist and Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773