Unique Indian ink drawing by Darren Almond on sleeve
Two vinyls each hand foiled with gold and silver leaf
Artwork: Darren Almond
Music: Mats Gustafsson
Series of 50 + 10 APs, each unique
Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to announce a collaborative limited edition record comprising a unique artwork by Darren Almond and music by free jazz musician Mats Gustafsson, produced on the occasion of Almond’s exhibition, Dark Light on view at Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris.
Exploring the notions of dark and light, this collaborative album features two vinyls — one black and one clear — each with an artwork by Almond on one side, and music by Gustafsson on the other. In his improvised and experimental composition, Gustafsson who sees music as colour, density and form responds to these works through an innovative use of the saxophone as a conduit for breath. In Light, breath, usually silent and invisible, becomes an audible materialisation of air and life. In Dark, the layered sounds are pushed to their extreme and pared back to their essence, reflecting the subtleties of nightfall, the shades that are obscured and become one before revealing themselves again over time.
Handfoiled onto each of the records are abstracted numerical digits in gold and silver, pure conductors of light. When played, the clear record reveals the numbers orbiting on the reverse, occasionally catching the light as it spins, while the black record obscures the presence of the image. Playing on synethesia, the spinning numbers respond to the sound.
Almond comments "there aren’t many soloists on the planet that have the range and capabilities of Mats Gustafsson when it comes to describing landscape. Born in Lapland you can feel the Far North in his improvisations. When I was introduced to him and his music by Max Hetzler, I was taken aback by his deep rooted connection to the landscape. It’s embedded deep inside him and ranges from the great thaw to the vast expanses of the night sky. I’m privileged to have him respond to this exhibition in Paris at Galerie Max Hetzler. Dark/Light by definition is unquantifiable just like Gustafsson’s response. Limitless, singular, and awesome in its detailing. When sound becomes land, land becomes light and light becomes human.”
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British artist Darren Almond (b. 1971) works in a variety of media including photography, film, installation, sculpture and painting. His diverse subjects deal with abstract ideas of time, space, history and memory and how these concepts relate and intersect. He examines the symbolic and emotional potential of objects, places and situations to produce works that have historical as well as personal resonance.Almond’s work often begins with travel to remote locations that are motivated by specific political, cultural or geographical investigations. In the ‘Fullmoon’ photographs, a series that the artist begun in 1998, he photographed diverse landscapes in every continent of the world under moonlight, using long exposures, to create images that seem to uncannily replace night with day. Almond’s films deal with personal and political subjects. In Bearing, for example, he follows the daily trek of a sulphur miner in Indonesia, while in In the Between, he films the controversial high-altitude train line built from China to Tibet. In his sculptural work, Almond often materialises notions of time as both a real and imagined construction. His large-scale, wall-mounted flip clocks, for example, emphasise the passing of time with their amplified sound as well as the impossibility of its mechanical quantification.‘In practice, the allure of Almond’s artwork transcends the overt splendour of the views. It transpires in the artist’s underlying method, which is aesthetically fuelled by the exploration of time. How might an artist, in this day and age, depict temporality? What are the methods and means for visually representing the notion and experience of time? The answer resides in Almond’s distinct and complementary practices, which involve time in various guises: retransmitted, distorted, delayed, real, subjective or frozen.’Véronique Souben in Darren Almond: ...between here and the surface of the moon, FRAC Auvergne, 2011
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Exhibition page on maxhetzler.com