for Visual Music Artists, Writers, and Venues
Visual Music – Graphite – Animation 1996
Many tomatoes were thrown my way for this one, with way off base - critiques.
Nevertheless, no substances were involved except rocket science art and faith spiced up with music.
This exhibit of twelve works (The Space Gallery, Rivonia Jhb.) deals with the
generalized topic called ‘Home’.
In my research I moved from the illustrative approach to actual experiences.
At this point it became much more fascinating, because the works hint at concepts such as travel (in physical form and mind/soul), human emotive perceptions, fragility of existence, doubtful or hopeful of one’s purpose in life and telepathy.
All these were ‘Housed’ in one’s inner eye and projected outwardly in graphite form which leaves space for the ‘under tones’ interpretation, rather than a coloured mode.
This project allowed me to express pictorial movement in and out of certain places at one time. Parallel projections - situations that appear unrelated to each other in fact share common grounds.
This could be anything from places that hold special significance such as Masada near the Dead Sea to persona traits appearing in animate beings.
Music throughout was the inspirational key to achieving the above which ties in with the fragmented technique and ability to transcend boundaries of time or situations from one frame to the next.
The deconstruction method of fragmentation used here, other than representing literal realities, is by way of the hints (symbolic and metaphoric). This visual language is a product of combined research using semiotics, root meanings of letters (Hebrew), Numbers (Gematria) and Visionary images (A complete gradual composition revealed in the artist’s mind).
In this respect as far as interpreting the art works are concerned it would be useful for the viewer to be familiar with the concept of Parergon¹
In summary, the works are visual construction ‘notes’ about a journey in the search of freedom the one that begins with the human mind/soul.
NOTES & SOURCES
1. Parergon is a concept crucial to interpreting ways of looking at art works.
Derrida J 1987. The truth in painting. Translated by Geoff Bennington
and Ian McLead, Chicago and London University of Chicago Press.