ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
These three pieces of art reflect and explore the Seraphin Project's performance of Busoni’s piano concerto with pianist Karl Lutchmayer (30.11.19, St John’s Smith Square). Mediums used include graphite, acrylic paint & gold leaf.
The exhibition will be on display and for sale on the day of the concert (as well as online). Please contact me for all enquiries and purchases.
Pieces (1) & (2) are inspired by the words sung in Busoni’s Fifth movement, taken from Oehlenschläger’s verse drama Aladdin, which parallels his friend Goethe’s Faust and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
No. 1 "Heavenly Hand"
This piece is an imagined image of Oehlenschläger’s words, ‘joy and pain interweave in the light of the world…’, ‘…playfully interchanged life and death…’, and crucially, ‘thus the dead world comes completely to life.’ Additionally Goethe’s 'Faust' concludes with ‘…he who strives on and lives to strive / can earn redemption still.’
No. 2 "Heaven & Hell Hourglass"
Oehenschläger’s Aladdin is heavily influenced by Goethe’s ideas in 'Faust', in particular magical powers granted by a demonic figure. Faust receives his supernatural abilities with the binding condition that he will one day give back his powers and spend eternity in the Underworld.
This piece seeks to capture the time limit of heavenly powers declining inevitably towards Hell.
No. 3 "‘Re-imagined Busoni Cover Page’"
A re-creation of the Busoni score's original cover page, inspired by The Seraphin Project’s 2019 performance, with pianist Karl Lutchmayer. For full details click here.