News: March 1, 2024

On Tuesday, March 12 at 7PM EST on Zoom, Paul Walde will be in conversation with Professor of glacial geology Emmanuelle Arnaud (University of Guelph) to discuss themes related to his current exhibition Glacial Resonance on at the McIntosh Gallery at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario.⁣ The talk will be moderated by McIntosh Curator Dr. Helen Gregory, and will delve into their respective research on glaciers and illustrate how different disciplines can spotlight the urgent impacts of climate change on glacial ecologies. Together, they will consider questions related to climate anxiety and environmental collapse, such as: What is revealed by the melting of glaciers, what have we lost, and what lessons can be learned for the future?⁣
This online event is free and open to the public, registration is required. Sign up now through the McIntosh Gallery link here.

News: January 15, 2024

Weather Events opens on February 2nd at the Grand Forks Art Gallery in Grand Forks, BC. This solo exhibition features two sound and video installations by Paul Walde based on site specific performance works referring to anthropogenic climate change: Requiem for a Glacier and the newly completed Of Weather which is being exhibited for the first time. The opening is from 6 pm to 9 pm on the 2nd and there will be an artist talk on February 3rd at 1pm. The exhibition continues until April 27th.

News: January 1, 2024

Glacial Resonance opens on January 19th at the McIntosh Gallery at Western University in London, Ontario. This solo exhibition features two of long-form sound and video installations by Paul Walde featuring glaciers as the central subjects made 10 years apart: Requiem for a Glacier (2013) and Glacial (2023). The opening is at 7pm on the 19th and runs until March 16th. 

News: September 1, 2023

The Nature of Silence is featured in the exhibition In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art, and Social Practice, which opens Thursday, September 14th at the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre. The exhibition is curated by Haema Sivanesan and other artists include: Sameer Farooq, Robert Filliou, Tomoyo Ihaya, Haruko Okano, Tina Pearson, Chrysanne Stathacos, Susan Stewart, Charwei Tsai, and Lam Wong as well as artist books, multiples and scores by George Brecht, Robert Filliou, Dick Higgins and Takako Saito; John Cage; Dick Higgins; Robert Filliou; Pauline Oliveros; Yoko Ono; and La Monte Young. The exhibition runs until December 13, 2023.
The Nature of Silence (2012) documents the moment and location of the 60th anniversary of the premiere of John Cage’s most famous work 4’33”. Shot on location at Maverick Hall near Woodstock New York, this work suggests that Cage’s interests may not have been just about silence, but in landscape and the environment, as Cage’s chosen venue, Maverick Hall, is a partially outdoor venue in the Catskill Mountains.

News: June 1, 2023

Paul Walde is presenting new work in the solo exhibition Imaginary Landscapes at MKG127 in Toronto.
In Water Music (2022-23), a grid formation of whole notes printed on a metal panel is submerged in the Pacific Ocean and photographed as the tide comes in. Incoming waves and the resulting optical distortions multiply, resize, and reposition the notes to auto-generate a new musical composition when overlaid onto a standard music staff. These photographic prints are exhibited alongside Imaginary Landscape Paintings (2012-2023), a series of painted interpretations of American composer John Cage’s Imaginary Landscape compositions (1939-1952). In 2012, Walde began to collect every version of these works he could find— including YouTube posts of excerpts of professional recordings, student performances, and amateur renditions. Each painting was then made on a panel constructed in size relating to the duration of the corresponding recording with white oil paint representing silence, and marks made in response and consideration to frequency, amplitude, and duration of sound. MKG127 is located at 1445 Dundas St. West, Toronto. The opening is on June 3rd from 3-6pm and the exhibition runs until July 1, 2023.