Paul Stolper, London
Brian Eno is a visual artist, musician, composer and record producer, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music and generative painting. For VOLTA New York 2019 Paul Stolper will present a major installation of new works from his ‘Light Music’ series. His light boxes seamlessly phase through ever changing combinations of seductive self-generated ‘colourscapes’ using a series of interwoven LED lights. The minimal compositions of the lightboxes reference early Russian art, Mondrian and Suprematism in particular.
Eno writes, “I’ve been trying to slow music down so it became more like painting, and to animate paintings so that they became more like music…in the hope that the two would fuse in the middle.” Accompanying each is a unique ‘ambient’ composition (available to listen to on an iPod).
We will also exhibit new editioned lenticulars, as an installation displayed in two rows of 6. Lenticular is a medium by which lenses give the image the illusion of both depth and animation, giving movement to what would otherwise be a static, abstract shape, re-enforcing Eno’s notion of a work ‘which one can look at and walk away from as one would a painting: it sits still and you move’. His large-scale etchings, seemingly made by colour suppressing a powerful light, appear as ‘stills’ based on his lightboxes and chart the progression of light changing over a period of time: no movement, just permanent, vibrant colour. Michael Bracewell, in his essay for Eno’s book ‘Light Music’, (Paul Stolper Gallery 2016) describes Eno’s art as “a space for the contemplation of individual experience,” where one is “encouraged to engage with a sensory/aesthetic experience that reflects the ever-changing moods and randomness of life itself,” and likens “the call of Eno’s art to that of, for instance, Matisse or Rothko at their most enfolding”