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Rolf Julius, Cloud, 2007, twenty-two speakers, graphite, audio, CD player, dimensions variable.

Rolf Julius

Galerie Thomas Bernard - Cortex Athletico

Rolf Julius, Cloud, 2007, twenty-two speakers, graphite, audio, CD player, dimensions variable.

“Landscape” initially seemed a metaphorical or even ironic title for an exhibition of Rolf Julius (1939–2011), who is often pigeonholed as a sound artist and lumped with contemporaries such as John Cage, David Tudor, and Takehisa Kosugi. Employing the term literally, however, the show at Cortex Athletico (whose Bordeaux, France, gallery notably holds part of the late artist’s archives) aimed to rescue his oeuvre from this too narrow frame of reference. Here, rather than focusing on a simplistic cause-and-effect relationship between sound and image, Julius’s works on paper and multimedia sculptures were presented as holistic environments appealing simultaneously to multiple senses. Emphasizing this synesthetic quality, the nine works on view imbued the gallery with a diverse topography of sounds, structures, textures, colors, and even smells.

Introducing the notion of landscape,

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