Haroon Mirza brings the noise with sound installations at Bristol's Spike Island

By Mark Sheerin | 24 January 2012
Colour photo of an installation in a gallery with framed drawings on a table and soundproofing on the wall
Haroon Mirza, Installation view, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Spike Island© Stuart Whipps
Exhibition: Haroon Mirza - /|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|, Spike Island, Bristol, until March 25 2012

It does not seem like only a year ago that Haroon Mirza picked up the 2011 Northern Art Prize. Major shows at Lisson Gallery, Camden Arts Centre and the collection of a Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale have all followed since. The Sheffield-based artist has made a lot of noise.

His current exhibition at Spike Island may be a reiteration of the one at CAC, but is a good way to begin the new year all the same. Bristolians can now hear as well as see or read about the artist’s work. After all, he describes himself as a composer.

Once immersed in this show, it is easy to see why. Mirza mixes found soundtracks from video art, installs a drumkit infront of some paintings and draws attention to some silence by placing a ring of light in an anechoic chamber

So don’t expect a picture to do justice to any of this work. And what is perhaps even more remarkable is that all of the pieces in /|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/| have been made in the last 12 months. At this rate Mirza will be having retrospectives by 2015, so do catch the thirtysomething artist while his star is rising.
  • Admission free. Open 11am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday.
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