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Aug 29
Sound Artist Maura Murnane Offers a Unique Take on A Classic Song at OCC Art Exhibit

​Orange Coast College's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion will present "And I Will Always Forever… (1 Hour)" by sound artist Maura Murnane from Thursday, Sept 7 through Oct. 12. 

The multimedia installation will be on display in the Art Pavilion's project gallery, and will play a manipulated version of a Whitney Houston hit song on repeat for one hour in overlapping fragments, with a sound that mimics the waves of the ocean. The result is a meditative and emotional listening experience. 

"The discordant, yet hauntingly beautiful sound comes from multiple exposed audio units, quietly surrounded by large, sound-dampening monoliths," says curator Kim Garrison. "The music's wash of vibration combined with the stillness of these large objects serves to pull this familiar top-forty hit out of time and space. The resulting psychic tension is a place for reflection on the song's themes, its staging in a highly designed public environment, and its shifting cultural context throughout the decades of our lives." 

Murnane is a recent graduate of the University of California, Irvine's Master of Fine Arts program. Born in Saudi Arabia, Murnane's work involves creating installations that bring together intersecting worlds of consumerism and spirituality. Her work also investigates themes of emotional and material entropy, object transformation, and the impossibility of constancy. 

An opening reception for "And I Will Always Forever" will take place on Sept. 7 from 5–8 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. The Doyle Arts Pavilion is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday thru Wednesday, and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. The exhibit will also be open on two Saturdays this fall from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Sept. 23 and Oct. 7.