Homage to David Tudor at Venet Foundation


Peppered with large-scale sculptures, the sprawling belongings of French artist and collector Bernar Venet additionally comprises a gallery area to host summer season exhibitions. Having in the past featured Minimalists and Conceptual artists like Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner and Fred Sandback, Venet this yr showcases a collective paintings by way of avant-garde composer David Tudor, artist Jackie Matisse (Henri’s granddaughter), and filmmaker Molly Davies. (Bafflingly, the exhibition is billed to Tudor most effective.) Sea Tails, 1983, is a billowing set up of Matisse’s handpainted kites, scrappy and hung in harlequin strips to a curtainlike impact. Complementing this are Davies’ languid movies, monitoring the motion of Matisse’s kites in Bahamian water—so blue as to look chlorinated—towards Tudor’s thalassic thrum.

Within the catalogue to Matisse’s 2013 exhibition Jeux d’espace, artwork historian Julie Martin main points how each Matisse and Tudor—long-standing collaborators who met thru John Cage—gravitated towards discovered gadgets: he “digital parts and devices he may use, and abuse,” she “materials and plastics in many colours, sizes and styles.” They first mixed their pursuits professionally for the decade-long undertaking Island Eye Island Ear, 1974–83, an formidable collaboration with Fujiko Nakaya that sought to show a complete island right into a musical instrument_. _Sea Tails hinges at the extra localized phenomenon of ways ocean currents may stir a kite right into a malleable choreography. All the way through an eight-day multiple-dive shoot in Nassau, Davies took a Jacques Cousteau-style method to movie submerged sailcloth and clear out paper kites, which playfully multiplied underwater like faculties of aquatic creatures. Tudor, a procurer of ingenious audio resources (for example, radio frequencies from motion-sensitive burglar alarms), right here produced a submarine soundtrack the usage of microphones sealed in baby-food jars stuffed with mineral oil. The extracted rating, looped on 3 synchronized movies performed throughout six screens, provides a palpating Poseidon murmur, formulated from aqueous flux and maritime climate.