Darren Almond x Mats Gustafsson: Dark Light
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.”
This record is available on our publications website.
Darren Almond et al.
Uncombed, Unforeseen, Unconstrained (group show)
Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello, Venice
23 April – 27 November 2022
Darren Almond’s video work In The Between from 2006 is included in the group exhibition Uncombed, Unforeseen, Unconstrained, which will be on view at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello in Venice from 23 April to 27 November 2022.
Organised by Parasol unit as collateral event of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, this exhibition brings together diverse and thought-provoking works and includes some interdisciplinary collaboration between music and visual art. The eleven featured artists all work in different media to address a disparate range of topics. Yet, common to them all is a deep concern for our world and a preoccupation with a comparable phenomenon that in scientific terms is defined as entropy, that is the measure of disorder, randomness, and unpredictability within a system.
Curated by Ziba Ardalan, Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Parasol unit, the exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive full-colour publication and limited editions by the artists.