Piano Drop (1/100 sec)

Raydale Dower


About the edition

Raydale Dower’s works are performative in nature, involving elements of live action, sound, time, space and theatre. In 2011 the artist created a work titled Piano Drop for Tramway in Glasgow, which recorded the live event of a piano being dropped from the ceiling. The resulting video installation was shown at Dundee Contemporary arts in the exhibition Continue Without Losing Consciousness and accompanied by a printed work from which this edition originates:

“Piano Drop alludes to the auto-destructive movement which began in the visual arts with Gustav Metzger and was later adopted by musicians such as Pete Townshend and Jimi Hendrix. Dower’s version is a carefully composed act of creative destruction. Two enlarged film stills show the moment before a piano comes into view and then captures it just before it hits the ground and smashes.”

Graham Domke, Exhibitions Curator at DCA

Year 2015
Edition of 5
Media Diptych. Two digital pigment prints on Hahnemuhle PhotoRag paper
Dimensions Each: 50.6 x 90.6cm (image size 50 x 90cm)
Signature Signed, numbered and dated by artist

About Raydale Dower

Raydale Dower (b. 1973, Aberdeen) is a Glasgow based musician and artist. He studied Sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee and Sound for the Moving Image from The Glasgow School of Art.

Recent exhibitions include: Continue Without Losing Consciousness, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 2014, The Glasgow Weekend, Volksbühne Theatre, Berlin (2013); Piano Drop, Tramway, Glasgow (2011; On Memory and Chance, The Changing Room, Stirling (2011); Beethoven’s 5th(X8), Art Basel, Miami Beach, Miami (2010); Le Drapeau Noir, 2010 Glasgow International Festival; and The Associates, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2009). Dower co-founded the bands Uncle John & Whitelock (2001–2006) and Tut Vu Vu (2007–present).