Main Gallery

I Like the Sound of That

Curator: Ryan Frank

May 13—July 1, 2016

I Like the Sound of That is a group exhibition that explores sound that artists listen to or create in the process of making their work. The six artists in the show are each exhibiting a series of work that is paired with a unique soundtrack that reflects their audio playlist and studio work environment. The soundtracks function much like artist statements, providing visitors with relevant yet unorthodox information about the artists, their backgrounds and their work habits. Rather than limit the listening experience to headphones, each soundtrack is broadcast audibly into the space on individual speakers placed in close proximity to each corresponding body of work. The result is a show that is equal parts sight and sound, creating an auditory installation to complement and transcend the traditional form of a group exhibition.

The exhibition includes artists from Greater New Haven, New York City and beyond who work in a wide range of media, including: Delano Dunn, Peter Halley, Linda Lindroth, Lindsay Packer, Ian Trask, and Joseph Saccio. Curated by Ryan Frank with sound design by Joel Abbott .

Ryan Frank is an artist and independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY.  He served as the Collection Director and Director of Education at The Granary from 2009 to 2015 where he curated the exhibitions Reflective Landscape(2011) and more recently Art of the Protest (2015) that was presented at the Mattatuck Museum. As an independent curator, Frank organized the exhibitionsUsed Books (2010) at the Winkleman Gallery, Curatorial Research Lab, Ode Hotel at the Wassaic Project and participated in the ICI Curatorial Intensive in 2011. As an artist he has had solo exhibitions at the Invisible Dog Art Center, the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT and has exhibited his work at the Wassaic Project, the Re institute, Ober Gallery, Outlet Fine Art, Galerie Rene Mele and the DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival. His A Wandering Sukkah, a roving sukkah on a pickup truck, recently toured throughout New York City to much acclaim. Ryan holds degrees in Theatre and Fine Art from NYU (2004).

Joel Abbott is a sound designer, composer, and engineer, with expertise in audio technology and acoustic reinforcement. He currently serves as sound design advisor at the University of Connecticut.  Abbott received an M.F.A. in Theatre from Yale School of Drama. He has designed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Yale School of Drama, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Actor’s Express, Ars Nova, Playhouse on Park, Connecticut College, University of Vermont, Allentown Shakespeare, Totem Pole Playhouse, St. Michael’s Playhouse, Vermont Stage Company, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, The Center for Puppetry Arts, and the Yale Cabaret.  Recent designs include: The Chosen, Passing Strange, A Comedy of Errors, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, The Dining Room, The Importance of Being Earnest, Kimberly Akimbo, Proof, Gigi, Othello, Detroit, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Twelfth Night, Owners, The Dutchman, Boeing-Boeing, Dames at Sea, Noises Off, and In a Year With 13 Moons. 

This exhibition is made possible with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and from individual Friends of Artspace.­­­

Soundtrack List

Drake – Digital Dash
Roy Ayers – Running Away
Tony Bennett & Bill Evans – Waltz for Debby
Drake – 30 for 30 Freestyle
Roy Ayers – Mystic Voyage
Drake – Big Rings
Tony Bennett & Bill Evans – The Touch of Your Lips
Roy Ayers – Love From The Sun
Drake – Plastic Bag
Tony Bennett & Bill Evans – But Beautiful
Drake – Live from the Gutter
Roy Ayers – This Side of Sunshine
Sounds: air vent, saws, moving things in his studio
hear Delano Dunn’s soundtrack here:


Talking Heads – The Girls Want to be with the Girls
Brian Eno & David Byrne – The Jezebel Spirit
Joy Division – Twenty Four Hours
Talking Heads – Stay Hungry
Brian Eno & David Byrne – America is Waiting
Joy Division – Interzone
Talking Heads – The Good Thing
Brian Eno & David Byrne – Moonlight in Glory
Joy Division – The Eternal
Talking Heads – Artists Only
Brian Eno & David Byrne – Defiant
Joy Division – Disorder
Talking Heads – Found a Job
Brian Eno & David Byrne – Come With Us
hear Peter Halley’s soundtrack here:


George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
Simon and Garfunkel – America
Puccini – O, mio bambino caro
Laurie Anderson – O Superman
Stan Getz – I’m Late, I’m Late
Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning
David Bowie – Heroes
Cool Hand Luke Soundtrack – Plastic Jesus
Annie Get Your Gun – Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better
Bruce Springsteen – Backstreets
James Taylor – Up On The Roof
Patti Smith – Gloria
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Sounds: moving glassine, separating cardboard
hear Linda Lindroth’s soundtrack here:


Sounds: birds, cars, street noise, fans, motors
hear Lindsay Packer’s soundtrack here:

Rosary Sonata I – The Annunciation, Praeludium
Rosary Sonata I – The Annunciation, Aria, Variatio
Bach – Cello Sonata No 3 in C Major, Prelude
Bach – Cello Sonata No 3 in C Major, Allemande
Savia Andina – K’Alanchito
Rosary Sonata II The Visitation, Sonata
Rosary Sonata II The Visitation, Allamanda
Rosary Sonata II The Visitation, Finale
Savia Andina – Danza del Sicuri No. 2
Verdi – Requiem
Sounds: various tools in his studio, shaking spray paint, door slamming, walking from studio to basement storage
hear Joseph’s soundtrack here:

Amon Tobin – Isam (album)
Sounds: drills, pigeons
hear Ian’s soundtrack here: