NOTES FROM CLYFFORD STILL

Clyfford Still’s artistic language embraces a vocabulary from the figurative to the highly gestural, and from the representational to graphic and abstract.  Many of these visual features have correlations in music and sound. Based on these ideas, I held workshops to create a series of short musical compositions derived from “musical material” created by visitors in response to the art on view in Clyfford Still: The Works on Paper. A collaborative “sonification” of 20+ works on paper, visual elements like color, texture, size, and gesture were translated into musical elements, creating a sonic portrait of the works on view. The music was then performed in a live “walking tour” in front of their original artworks.

Also included in this series:

Notes from Clyfford Still, a new commission from Playground Ensemble for chamber group and narrator, featuring texts taken from Clyfford Still’s journals, writings, and correspondence.

March 31: Clyfford Still Museum performance of Playground’s commission and other works, free admission.

April 1: repeat performance of Notes from Clyfford Still, Denver Art Museum Sharp Auditorium. $10.

TBD: Sound installation of collages based on 20 Works in 20 Minutes for the outdoor terraces.

20 Works in 20 Minutes score (PDF).