Image © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.
‘A Sleek Dry Yell’, written and performed by cult musician and actor Richard ‘Kid’ Strange (born 1951), is played through the central screen. Old speakers, a collection of copper coins and cascading water combine to produce a rhythm of noises. The distorted sounds become an integral part of Mirza’s sculpture of the same name and reverberate around the room, enveloping the visitor. Mirza uses objects from everyday life to create unique sculptural compositions. He won the Northern Art Prize in 2010 and gained the highly prized award for ‘best emerging international artist’ at the Venice Biennale 2011.
This sculpture is co-owned by: Manchester City Galleries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Grundy Art Gallery, Victoria Gallery & Museum and the Walker Art Gallery. It is the first of a group of sculptures that were jointly acquired under the scheme.