Artistic composition

Music and art come together in Antoinette Carrier’s exhibition Piano at the Moores Building in Fremantle.
Music and art come together in Antoinette Carrier’s exhibition Piano at the Moores Building in Fremantle.

Antoinette Carrier, the artist behind the exhibition, will showcase her recreated ‘art pianos’ alongside six ruined pianos belonging to renowned WA composer, improviser and poet Ross Bolleter, who will perform at the opening of the exhibition at 6.30pm.

Ms Carrier, who has an extensive career in music and visual arts, said the exhibition will show simultaneously the piano as artwork and a working musical instrument. ‘Music has been the thread of my artwork for some time,’ she said.

‘The insides of a piano are very beautiful and the changing sound of an old piano is also very beautiful; I wanted to show pianos in a completely different way ” the imagination can go wild.’

Ms Carrier uses the pianos as a weaving loom to weave in strips of scores (sheet music) and magnetic tape, to create tapestries.

To accompany the tapestries, will be photographs of ruined pianos in different locations throughout WA, which explore the piano in detail.

A series of drawings and rhythm paintings will also be on display. The exhibition will be the first of its kind to feature a performance by Mr Bolleter on woven pianos in Western Australia.

He will be performing at two additional shows at the Fremantle Round House on October 26 and 27 at 8pm.

Ms Carrier began her creative career as a composer, working with magnetic tape and electronic synthesisers to produce layered work with fragmented sounds and live instruments.

She was the first woman composer of Asian origin in Australia, winning several prizes in composition at the beginning of her career.

For more information, contact Antoinette Carrier on 9271 5241 or 0420 608 818, or acarrierau@yahoo.com.au