Have you ever tried that visualisation tool that comes with most computer media players – the one that makes changing psychedelic patterns that alters with the music and is aimed squarely at the stoned teenager market? A bit crap isn’t it? Imagine if you had an honest-to-goodness real life artist to do a proper job for you. Wouldn’t that be great?
Well keep dreaming, until computers have souls it falls to talents like Minna Gilligan to produce her visual interpretations of aural stimulation, along with a great deal of inspiration from the recalled Zeitgeist that has filtered through to today. The Beach Boys’ Feel Flows, a track from their ’71 album Surf’s Up, gives the title and much influence to Gilligan’s latest collection. Moved by Wilson et al’s spooky reverse echo recording and the genuine psychedelia that washed over the decades either side of the album’s release, the Aussie artist has created a set of large scale works – often on found bed-sheets and the like – reflecting her impressions of the period using an interesting mix of paint and collage. The Daine Singer gallery in Melbourne is playing host to the collection from 5th June – 6th July, and on 8th June, Gilligan will perform at the venue with her band Pamela.