In this blog we will share with you our vision of beauty, balance, harmony.

As Mark Leach writes in his book Raw Colour with Pastels: “Sound is all around us, and it is musicians who refine that sound into something of beauty. As a painter, I have always felt that my purpose is to craft colour in a similar way, to see through the confusion and seek harmony and beauty.”

And we add: Words, fragments of sentences, spoken noise is all around us, and Ken arranges words in such a way as to capture beauty in the accidental, the ambient soundtrack of life.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Altered States

Nach dem Regen - After the Rain 24 x 20 cm


Luciano Berio’s “Sinfonia”
could be listened to as a Da-Da tone poem,
a bewildering, inspired, irreducible
Modernist confection
or as a witty, deeply
sophisticated sub-species of schizophrenia
dictated to the composer by the spirit of madness.
How sane am I today?—the music seems
to be asking you—How sane is anybody…any day?
damage from the past washes up     
and it’s Oh Christ, what do we do now?
A new colleague approaches you, says  ”Look, I’m growing my beard,
feels great, going to the gym twice a week, feels great, my name’s
Chris, by the way.” He’s clean-shaven with bits of TP stuck
to his razor cuts. So, like, where’s the beard, dude? Is just one of
several questions you would like to ask him if you weren’t   
backing out the door as if under attack. You are wandering
through the souks of North Africa in the midst of a
scratch n’ sniff system of hash, incense, musky perfumes, wood smoke.
People are smiling, joking, talking fast as they walk backwards,
talking backwards as they walk fast, taking time to caress
a camel hair doo-dad, shop for magic spells, greet a cobra. It’s so pre-rational!
In just a week you’ll be discussing the Value Added Tax with a client  
or doing the crossword, impatient, irritated. And yet your life has changed.
Maybe you will grow a beard. Cast a spell on your secretary. Start a rug collection.

L. Berio - Sinfonia
Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

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