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An image of Sonix by Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski

Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski

(Poland, Australia 28 Dec 1922 – 02 Apr 1994)

(circa 1969)
Media categories
Time-based media, Sculpture
Materials used
light and sound sculpture
Gift of the Peter Stuvyesant Trust 1972
Accession number
@ Estate of Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski
Not on display
Further information

'Sonix' was commissioned from the artist by the Peter Stuyvesant Trust in 1968. It was intended as an addition to the successful 'Art of the Space Age' exhibition which ran at the Art Gallery of South Australia at the end of 1968 and, following completion, was shown at state and regional galleries across the country in 1971 and 1972.

The 'chromasonic unit' is activated by music, the computerised notes of which create a series of flashing lights. The softer the note the softer the glow; the stronger the note the more violent the flash of light.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

Bibliography (3)

Zara Stanhope, Luminaries, Victoria, Sep 1993, 8 (colour illus.), 31. 33

Editor Unknown, Sunraysia daily, 'Space and sculpture', Mildura, 26 Oct 1971, (illus.). Display of scultpure in Mildura at the Arts Centre in 1971.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The advertiser, 'Commission for artist', Adelaide, 09 Dec 1968.

Exhibition history (1)

Lightworks, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 09 Nov 1993–23 Mar 1994