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Darren Almond

Darren Almond x Mats Gustafsson: Dark Light

© Studio Darren Almond
© Studio Darren Almond

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.

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Additional:

Darren Almond et al.

The Expanded Landscape (group show)
Getty Center, Los Angeles
29 June – 10 October 2021

Image: Darren Almond, Night + Fog (Monchegorsk) (3), 2007, © Darren Almond
Image: Darren Almond, Night + Fog (Monchegorsk) (3), 2007, © Darren Almond

Examples of Darren Almond's photographs are included in the group exhibition The Expanded Landscape, on view at the Getty Center from 29 June until 10 October 2021.

This exhibition presents large-scale photographs from the Getty Museum's collection, all made over the past 25 years. The works feature graphically abstract compositions, black-and-white or monochromatic renditions, elevated vantage points that eliminate the horizon, experimental techniques, or personal relationships with individuals who inhabit a landscape.

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