Thursday, April 22, 2010

Reduced Circumstances...

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour/30x20cm

Another drawing in the ongoing series of 'roadkill' diptychs, the found object/subject matter in this instance having been particularly tightly compressed during its process of complex reformation, slimmed down, battered & gnarled yet still offering sufficient synecdochal formal clues as to its original identity, not just any old fragment of scrap metal.


Moon Wiring Club 'A Field Full of Sunken Horses' EP
Rufus Wainwright 'Want One'
Nick Drake 'Five Leaves Left'
& 'Bryter Layter'

Recourse to the original recordings became a necessity in the light of the TV broadcast of the Nick Drake 'Way to Blue' concert in tribute to the man & his music: whilst a noble endeavour, most of the interpretations managed to seem too reverential & yet somehow foreground the personality of the various performers to a mutually detrimental degree, Lisa Hannigan's radical take on 'Black-Eyed Dog' being perhaps the one notable exception, making one realise just how unique a talent was Nick, & that the real compelling magic of the songs was best communicated through his own performances of them, the recordings of which remain enduring & essential evidence.

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