Top row L-R: Score (II); The Waves (after Agnes Martin); Untitled (Offcut); Below L-R: Flesh; Install view, APG Works, Sheffield; Plan (I)
"All the pieces in this exhibition bear a mistiness; a sea-worn palette; an air of distance. There is an altered roll of pianola-music drooping silently on the wall; another plan or mechanism unfulfilled. We can’t hear the music of this score; only look in quiet. A series of Seascores, gently plotting the waves and the Interludes of the opera Peter Grimes are included. Beautifully minimal, quiet silences resembling literal waves on the shore. Here again, we as viewers must employ our aural imaginations to complete the visual record of the earth’s natural, kinetic music. The pianola score is both a written music–a sort of score– and a mechanistic design; to be played internally; originally inside the pianola, now inside the silent viewer. In a way, this is a gentle reminder of our essential isolation in all sensual experience, including the seeming universality of musical beauty; we sit in crowds but listen alone; we live in towns but we sail through our lives alone."
Excerpt from The Idea of Building a Boat, John-Paul Burns, 2017. Read more at 3:AM magazine: http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/idea-building-boat/
BOAT (for Peter) is documented on my blog. Read more about how the project came together here.