I found myself interested again in Turner’s paintings again today.
Why? Color– the modulation of color-tones. Color not as paint-color but as light-color. Light-color that changes in an enviornment with respect either to movement or time.
Marian Zazeela, who not only is one of the most beautiful singers I have ever heard, but is also a criminally underappreciated artist. She works in light, light filtered through additive synthesis. In paint, colors added together darken. In her work, in light, colors added together brighten– the possibility of pure white, all colors together. Here is an image of her “Magenta Lights” in the former Dia Dream House.
Her light transforms with the day. Like the tones of the raga cycle, with one modal scale for dawn another for dusk and another again for midnight (the midnight mode of Raga Malkauns is like a country blues scale, only more demonic). It reminds me of the unending quality of Ben’s writing, each square touching another and continuing, as well as the frames of Stan Brakhage’s “Dante Quartet” that attends to color with the same devotion.
I began to think about this listening to the harmonium works of Hermann Nitsch, his attempt at a music of the spheres, and looking at images of star-formation in Hubble Telescope images. The colors rendered by the photos are from light passing through gases. It is similar to musical tone, which is perceived as vibrations through a gas (air) that moves in time in the inner ear. The question I ask myself is, besides raga, what music could modulate so slowly and so beautifully its timbres so as to attain this kind of light-movement.