I’ve worked on, to one degree or another, five compositions this summer. In no particular order:
- Sanctuary for 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, piano and horn
- The Gemini for cello, bass and orchestra
- Seven Stories, for soprano and eight instruments
- Fantasy for string quartet
- Orchestration of Poke
Watching a new piece take on a life of its own is a wondrous and terrifying experience. At a certain point I always find myself face-to-face with one of these strange creatures, wondering just what the hell it is and where it came from.
Armenian artist Karen Sargsyan has captured this odd mix of feeling in his work Murderous Romance, a sculpture made entirely of paper that I had the pleasure of encountering a few weeks ago at SECCA, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. In this work, which the artist describes as a self-portrait, a small (maybe 3-feet high) man is pursued by a towering, conglomerative monster — part Frankenstein, part Dorian Grey — of his own making. The work manages to be both frightening and terrifically funny. A photo could hardly capture all the witty detail, but I couldn’t help wishing I could snap one to post on this blog. The picture below will have to suffice to convey some of the precision and character of his art – this piece is called Human Behavior.