My next exhibit is at the Matthew Gillett Gallery, on June 27th, at the stunning location of Scarborough on the south coast of New South Wales. There will be other works on display from Matthew Gillett and Arthur Apanski. Hope to see you there. Details below.
John’s next one man show is at the Project Contemporary Artspace, in Wollongong, Australia, from Wednesday, December 3rd to Monday, December 14th, 2008. Special guest artists Simon Tognetti and Johnno Pereira are also exhibiting. Opening night is Friday, December 5th at 7pm.
The War Dance – Sketch 1
“Just as Lola finds her sounds through visual imagery, I found it a harmonious balance to find imagery through sound. I started to visualize a place from my own imagination brought on by the movement and tones of her music and, almost by reflex, I began to sketch in the same movement. I experimented with many mediums to help familiarize every tone, every phrase from the compositions, like getting to know a new friend. “
The selected 12 drawings for this exhibition comes from a collection of 100 drawings all produced not in a studio, but on trains and planes, in between destinations and in between countries. Always in transience: I’d meditate on my surroundings and my imagination – with Lola’s piano music in my headphones and a sketchbook in my hands.
My choice to work on a series of black and white drawings, without colour, is of vital importance. It is a skeleton, a structure of understanding, like notations on the staff lines. Yet, in some way, the absence of colour in these drawings surprisingly highlights rich colours in Lola’s music.
My line work is a continuum, as though there is no beginning and no end but an evolving sound. Just as I find with Lola Perrin’s music; even when the music stops I still hear the sounds continue on like a natural pulse.” (John Kennedy February ’07, Sydney)