Eddie Pensier writes:
From COLOUR MUSIC, an exhibit I attended today at the ANU’s Drill Hall Gallery, which “brings together the work of visual artists who speculate on connections between pictorial form and pitch, harmony, movement and musical notation.” I only glancingly noticed any such connection, and I normally avoid contemporary art like dental surgery, but I found this exhibit surprisingly pleasing for the most part. It wasn’t intellectual, or moving, or technically superior, but my inner five-year-old who giggles at bright colors got a big kick out of it.
More COLOUR MUSIC pictures after the break.
John Nixon, Colour Music (2006-2010) Yeah, it’s a Clavinova with colored blocks sitting on the keyboard. Sue me, I liked it.
Cathy Blanchflower, ~7 and ~8 (2013)
Cathy Blanchflower, Aster XI (2005)
Botborg, Neural Luminance Amplifier (2014). This is one of those “installations” that normally gets me in one of my frothy moods about modern art. Three enormous video screens with a colored version of the snow you get on your television before it’s properly tuned. Accompanying this is a loud, groaning industrial noise running on endless loop which sounded startlingly like the Hypnotoad from Futurama. The main reason I even entered was the irresistible sign on the wall outside:
I haven’t got a seizure disorder, but experiencing about 40 seconds of Neural Luminance Amplifier had me worrying that I might develop one. I could feel my own neural luminance being amplified to levels beyond what my doctor usually recommends, so I left.
Unfortunately I failed to write down the title and artist of this work. It is exactly what it looks like: a turntable playing soundless “records” of bright colors. When I made my second pass through the gallery, a docent had replaced the rainbow record with the red-striped one on the far left.
Yeah, it’s kind of silly. And yeah, it made me smile. Mission accomplished.