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Works on paper with pauses, silences, dots, scribbles, and words, words, words...


Mobirise

Lines, Trajectories, and Other Mishaps

2010-ongoing

An ongoing series, a taxonomy of lines and scribbles, read as successive journal entries around the dots and lines.
What do they say ? How are they read ?

What the pause says

What the Pause Says

2011

Mobirise

Chronograph Contrapunctus

Ink on paper, 84 x 29 cm each, 2011-12.

“There was no space to listen to music, so that which remains are absences...”

Chronograph is a series that records the articulation of pauses and silences, of the muted notes and the voices that are not played. Using the Kunst der Fuge by J.S.Bach each Chronograph is a tracing of the pauses and muted notes within each Contrapunctus.

The Kunst der Fuge is the quintessential work of polyphony within the Western musical canon, a celebration of voices and overlapping of musical ideas. Although there is very little silence per se within the work, the strict rhythmical system that is followed requires an equally complex calculation of pauses. The totality of these silences are now rendered visible allowing for a fifth voice to sound in silence.

Mobirise

Writing is there where you are not #2: Now absence can exist. Now, absence exists...

2010.

Ink on paper; 24x243cm.

A translation into Morse of a collage of texts taken from “A Lover’s Discourse” by Roland Barthes, “The Way of Love” by Luce Irigary, and unsent love letters. “Writing...” is a series of hand written and translated Morse code that chooses texts around the figure of the lover throughout the ages.

The continuation of the series translates seminal texts that deal on the subject of love by selecting paragraphs that evoke the impossibility and futility of being the lover. Since, paradoxically, the discourse of love is perhaps the best example of the unsayable, the choice of using handwritten Morse is poignant and maladroit. Morse code was used to bridge the gap between people, a highly efficient and fast form of communication that enabled people to reach each other over long distances in a matter of minutes. It is also a language, (rather than a code in the strict sense of the term) that is not written, it is only heard, it is transmitted through sound and automatically translated into letters that we understand and can read. Written Morse foils the function of communication, being static, un-transmitted, and un-read.

What the pause says

432 Pauses without repetition

Hand-drawn staff lines, ink on paper, 21cm x 5.50m, 2008

Using the score note paper this piece is a performance of silences, here the score is the end of the performance and not a set of instructions waiting to be played. First the staff lines are drawn, then the pauses and/or the repetitions. The length and number of silences vary according to where the “remains” i.e. the end piece is shown. These pieces are silences to be written, a music to read out loud, silenty.

Mobirise

Chronograph Contrapuntus

Ink on paper, 84 x 29 cm each, 2011-12.

“There was no space to listen to music, so that which remains are absences...”

Chronograph is a series that records the articulation of pauses and silences, of the muted notes and the voices that are not played. Using the Kunst der Fuge by J.S.Bach each Chronograph is a tracing of the pauses and muted notes within each Contrapunctus.

The Kunst der Fuge is the quintessential work of polyphony within the Western musical canon, a celebration of voices and overlapping of musical ideas. Although there is very little silence per se within the work, the strict rhythmical system that is followed requires an equally complex calculation of pauses. The totality of these silences are now rendered visible allowing for a fifth voice to sound in silence.