A Sleek Dry Yell

Haroon Mirza, 2008

CASSF 2013.01

About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Haroon Mirza (British, born:1977, died:unknown)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Mixed media
  • Measurements
  • Physical description
    Installation and sound artwork comprising 37 items, including a mixture of found objects, technical equipment, lights, a water pump speakers and copper coins. The water pump comprises one of the many features which sets off in a relay- reaction; the water pours over a circuit board conducting electricity between two wires which are connected to a keyboard and causes its keys to play sound. The sounds that can be heard from the piece as a whole are a mixture of the water falling into the bucket, the realys clicking on and off repeatedly and feedback from electrricity passing through an LED clock. Mirza has composed a group of sounds which form a short loop and creates a rythm which, punctuated by the coins bouncing on and off the speaker, appears to have taken on a life of its own, the coins pulstating like a heartbeat. Mirza collaborated with Richard Strange (Doctors of Madness) who wrote the piece 'A Sleek Dry Yell', which he is filmed performing with a megaphone. Strange has kept this megaphone and brings this to perfom the piece live for audiences when the work is installed in a new venue.
  • Related people
    Haroon Mirza (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    CAS Sculpture Scheme number: CASSF 2013.01; previous number: FADB 2013.6
  • Credit line
    Purchased through the Contemporary Art Society’s Sculpture Fund supported by Cathy Wills in 2011. Co-owned by: Manchester City Galleries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Grundy Art Gallery, Victoria Gallery & Museum and the Walker Art Gallery.
  • Location
    Item currently on loan
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Fine Art
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