- from the Coastlines Exchibit at the DMA
This is an original sound design created by UT Dallas student Roxanne Minnish for a painting by Jean Metzinger. It was part of a multilayer sound installation in the Dallas Museum of Art exhibition Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea. Visit www.dallasmuseumofart.org/View/Coastlines/index.htm to learn more about the exhibition. Visit www.framemuseums.org to learn more about the sound installation project on the FRAME website (French Regional and American Museum Exchange).
This piece was in the Coastlines exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art April 25 – August 22, 2010. This painting was part of the modernist movement. In Bathers, you find fragmented forms of women bathing nude on the beach. As quoted by Marin, “I demand of them [paintings] that they are related to experiences. I demand of them that they have the story — embracing these with the all over demand that they have the music of themselves as beautiful — forms — lines — and paint on beautiful paper of canvas.”
I tried to capture the experience of an afternoon at the beach with friends, trying to do something that wasn’t a popular practice, sunbathing in the nude. The rhythm of the piece suggests the feelings and reponses to this environment. The subjects of Marin’s art can be understood in the context of early twentieth-century American culture. You will hear the music of the harp and english horn, trying to define the music and form of the beautiful figures and lines in the painting.
This project was done with a graduate class at The University of Texas at Dallas and the Dallas Museum of Art in May of 2009. Pieces of art were selected by the museum. Students chose pieces that interested them to write a soundscape. I was fortunate enough to do ten soundscapes. I believe that soundscapes add to art. Sometimes you “hear” something that you may not have “seen” looking at a painting. Give this a try. Go through this gallery of art with your sound muted. Go through it again with you sound turned up. Does it make a difference in how you view the piece?