I’m thrilled to announce that for the first time, all of my Bach Project artwork will be on display together in one place! Fellow artist Gerard Brown and I are exhibiting a variety of works related to translation and color-based communication at Rowan University. The show will include my 24 Preludes from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, 24 of the movements from Bartok’s Mikrokosmos, the first Bach Cell
Prelude No. 19 has been up at Bridgette Mayer Gallery this month. I stopped by the other week for a FringeArts show — a dancer and 2 musicians responding improvisationally to the artwork on display — and enjoyed overhearing several audience-goers talking about my work. “Why do you think this is here?” (pointing to a particular pattern) “Maybe the colors are each a note and the boxes are rhythms.R
Be sure to stop by Bridgette Mayer Gallery on Friday, September 5, 2014. Prelude No. 19 is up for grabs (in a 10″ square format) and proceeds will benefit BalletX. [details here] Prelude in A Major (blue-violet), No. 19
How does it work? What is the system? I hear these two questions a lot. So for all you curious minds, here’s a peek into my Bach Project system. It starts with a bit of elementary music theory. The chromatic scale has 12 half-step tones. I’ve drawn it here in C, which is the simplest key on the piano and the key J.S. Bach chose to begin his Well-Tempered Clavier suite. Next comes a little color theory. A
After a two-year hiatus from selling online, I’m now stocking an Etsy shop with my new Bach Project artwork and oddities. Where else can you buy an original watercolor of Prelude No. 1 in C Major? Or a music-themed Rubik’s Cube?
Anna Magdalena Bach was Johann Sebastian Bach’s second wife, mother of 13 of his children, the copyist of his manuscripts and herself an accomplished musician. When I became interested in using J.S. Bach’s music as the basis for a new body of work, her name repeatedly caught my eye in my background research. Then I ran across an article describing how an Australian researcher has theorized, based on foren
Took a couple of in-process shots of my latch hook rug based on Bach’s Prelude in C Major. I’m almost one-third of the way through. Talk about tedious. Good thing I’ve got Doctor Who to keep me company.
New ideas, new direction… Intersections of musical notation, craft process and concept-based art. Music theory meets color theory. I’m starting with a latch-hook rug of Bach’s Prelude in C Major from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book I. My idea is to obsessively replicate the color pattern of the Prelude in as many tactile, tangible media as I can think of. More on the concept to come later when I have