Serialism

What is compelling for me is the way repetition or serialism can, in a matrix of marks become a ground for heightened intensity of experience. In ‘There Shall Be Time No Longer’ different serial strategies have been used including colour codification and synesthesia as a way of splintering the surface of the canvas into a field of multiple registers.

Olivier Messiaen wrote an eight part quartet based on the Book of Revelations, titled ‘Quartet For The End of Time’ (Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps) whilst interned in Stalag VIIIA at Gorlitz at the beginning of the Second World War. The score is prefaced by a quotation from the Revelation of Saint John, in which the angel of the apocalypse shouts “there shall be time no longer”. Messiaen, on broken and damaged instruments, a piano and in the company of a Clarinetist, a Violinist and a Cellist, performed the hauntingly beautiful music in front of 5,000 prisoners on 15th January 1941.

In Response to Messiaen
The End Of Time I [Serialism series] W6ft × H4ft

In Response to Messiaen
The End Of Time II [Serialism series] W6ft × H4ft

In Response to Messiaen
The End Of Time III [Serialism series] W6ft × H4ft

In Response to Messiaen
The End Of Time IV [Serialism series] W6ft × H4ft

In Response to Messiaen
The End Of Time V [Serialism series] W6ft × H4ft

In Response to Messiaen
The End Of Time VI [Serialism series] W6ft × H4ft

In Response to Messiaen
The End Of Time VII [Serialism series] W6ft × H4ft

In Response to Messiaen
The End Of Time VIII [Serialism series] W6ft × H4ft