William Furlong, Speaking of Art
William Furlong belongs to the generation of British
artists (which includes Gilbert & George, Bruce McLean
and Richard Long) that developed a new concept of
sculpture in the 1970s and 1980s. Furlong's special
contribution has been in the area of sound and, with the
founding of Audio Arts (with Barry Barker) in 1973, he
began mapping the territory of contemporary art in a
series of cassette editions.
Recording on the TATE website - The innovative audio cassette-magazine Audio Arts was established by Bill Furlong in 1973. Edited and produced by Furlong, it comprises an integral element of his art practice.
His work engages with, and explores, sound and its reception and perception. He manipulates, choreographs and interprets sound, working with a myriad different sources from conversation, speech and dialogue and its many individual nuances to the sounds of birds singing. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including a sound installation in Intelligence, New British Art 2000 at Tate Britain and a solo show at the South London Gallery (2002). The work Walls of Sound (1998), commissioned by the Cass Foundation for Sculpture at Goodwood, has been acquired by the Berardo Foundation in Lisbon. Furlong is also the coordinator of 'Venice Agendas', Wimbledon College of Art's symposium series that has taken place at four Venice Biennales (2001-07).