Paul Stolper Gallery, London
For VOLTA Basel 2019, Paul Stolper Gallery is presenting a one-man show of new works by visual artist, musician, composer, producer and pioneer of ambient music, Brian Eno. The installation is comprised of lightboxes, a flower sculpture, etchings and lenticular prints.
His light boxes seamlessly phase through ever changing combinations of seductive self-generated ‘colourscapes’ using interwoven LEDs. Their minimal compositions, the first of which he made at Ipswich Art School in 1966, make reference to 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”.
The flower sculpture, made of a painted, domestic ceramic vase for flowers, with stems of bent steel rods and the flower heads small speakers, emit Eno’s signature ambient music that draws the viewer/listener in for an immersive experience, and which studies the symbiosis and friction of nature and technology, a theme central to Eno’s practices.
His large-scale etchings, seemingly made by colour suppressing a powerful light, appear as ‘stills’ taken from his lightboxes whereas his lenticulars use a medium by which lenses give his printed image the illusion of depth, and the sense of 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.” Michael Bracewell 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”.