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Drawing Sound is now open.

Drawing Sound opened at the Kleinert James Center for the Arts in Woodstock, NY, August 25th, 2017. It is the first exhibition of graphic scores I have produced with American composer and musician, Marilyn Crispell and brings this work together with work I’ve made with Raymond MacDonald as, Running Under Bridges. The two series of images worked well together, contrasting colour and tone and methodologies but always returning to the grid-like matrices and wonderful musical improvisations of the musicians.

The scores made by Running Under Bridges are created to be played by any musicians who like to improvise and respond to image and one another as they perform. They have different instructions that indicate time, instrumentation and type of musical material. They are abstract and allow the improvising musician great freedom for creativity as they play.

Gradations of Light, made with Crispell, were intricately scored by her to indicate how she herself would play them. Recorded as solo pieces and then again with David Rothenberg as duets, on clarinet and laptop electronics, they are thematic, around the times of day, changes of light and response to nature. Rothenberg is known for his improvisations with cicadas, whales and birds which made him the perfect partner to duet these pieces.

The opening performance in Woodstock featured works from Running Under Bridges, including our new Blue Fugue and Yellow Fugue, and two duets from Gradations of Light.

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Drawing Sound

Gradations of Light will be exhibited along with new works that I’ve made with Marilyn Crispell this year at an exhibition called Drawing Sound at the Kleinert James Center for the Arts in Woodstock, NY, August 25 – October 15, 2017.   New works also by Running Under Bridges (Ganter – MacDonald), include Yellow Fugue and Manuscript 2.

Marilyn will perform some of Gradations of Light with David Rothenberg on clarinet and electronics. Raymond MacDonald, Scottish guitarist George Burt and American drummer Douglas James will also perform new pieces with Marilyn on the opening night.

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11am, graphic score by Marilyn Crispell and Jo Ganter, 100 x 150cm

 

 

Yellow Fugue

Yellow Fugue, a graphic score by Jo Ganter and Raymond MacDonald, 160 x 100cm

Gradations of Light

 

Gradations of Light, is a suite of seven graphic scores made in collaboration with American pianist Marilyn Crispell. Marilyn is based in Woodstock NY and I visited her in February this year for ten days. We worked intensively to create a number of ideas for images and sounds. Woodstock is surrounded by trees and I walked through forests every morning which I realise inspired some of the ‘grid’ matrices I used for the scores, especially Morning. Marilyn introduced different calligraphic lines and geometric shapes to each matrix, with the sounds she wanted to play already in mind. Each image was made in response to a time of day: moving from dark to light and back to twilight.

We will be exhibiting Gradations of Light at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock, NY, August 25 – October 8 2017.

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We had one day in a recording studio for Marilyn to play the pieces solo, and she invited David Rothenberg to perform duets with her. In the end there are recordings of all seven scores played solo, and with six played as duets. Marilyn creates a wide range of sounds on the piano, playing the strings as well as the keyboard. David played clarinet, following the long winding black lines that appear in Dawn with beautiful, long, undulating notes.  He also created a number of digital beats/pulses to reflect the repetitive nature of the ‘grids’.  Not how I imagined a recording studio!  A beautiful and creative space to work in.

Impact 9 International Printmaking Conference

Entrance R & Jo

I’ve recently returned from Impact 9. The international Printmaking Conference, 22nd – 25th September 2015, was hosted by the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China. Hundreds of artists, academics and traders were given an incredibly warm welcome by the CAA’s printmaking students and staff. This was the venue for the second exhibition of graphic scores, I made in collaboration with Raymond MacDonald, and previously exhibited at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh. Raymond performed the scores with George Burt, guitarist, from Scotland, and, Laofu (guitar), Yu Chen (saxophone) and Li Ping (drum) from Hangzhou. It was a wonderful meeting of musical talents, with the scores being interpreted, and translated, by the Chinese and Scottish musicians.

The first rehearsal with all the musicians present was in the exhibition space, on the afternoon of September 24th. People listened to the musicians practice and asked questions throughout the afternoon. There was a final performance at 3pm, followed by more discussion.

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In the evening, the musicians performed at, Line Out, a regular music venue in Hangzhou. The first set included a Manuscript, one of the graphic scores that had been played in the afternoon and that had helped the musicians to play and improvise together.

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Graphic Scores: a collaboration between Art and Music

Time Points on stand

In 2014 I began to collaborate with musician and composer, Raymond MacDonald, to make a series of graphic scores. Graphic scores represent music using visual images outside the realm of traditional music notation, and have been an effective way for experimental musicians to convey musical ideas since the 1950s. We want to create a series of original prints that function equally as visual art and musical score. They sit simultaneously on music stands, and framed on the wall. Both the image and the music are genuinely co-authored. Raymond having equal responsibility for the images as I do, and I have equal responsibility for the music.

As a way of introducing myself to the project, I asked Raymond for a CD of music I could try creating a score for.  He gave me the very wonderful CD, Parallel Moments. He plays saxophone and Marilyn Crispell plays piano. I used existing drawings of my own and created scores for three pieces: scanning the drawings and colouring them digitally to create archival inkjet prints.

Longing

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Town & City halls

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After completing these works, Raymond and I collaborated to produce scores together and then introduced them to small groups of musicians. In rehearsal with them, we negotiate a series of directions that suggest how the score should be interpreted. All the musicians are experienced improvisors and their reaction to the images is an important part of our process.

An exhibition at the Talbot Rice Art Gallery: 8 – 23 May 2015 provided the perfect venue for exhibition and performance of the works. A number of animations are my own interpretation of particular performances during rehearsal.

ABSTRACTIONS @ Wall Projects 1

My first exhibition at Wall Projects, in Montrose, opened 28.02.15 and is open until 21.03.15.  Kim Canale who runs the gallery has been extremely enthusiastic about the work and it looks great in what is her gallery and home. Abstractions includes works from 2000 to present day, showing my transition from pure abstraction into more figurative representations, including work from the Appositions series, Cardinal Glimpses and my more recent, Ghosts. This ‘taster’ exhibition previews my solo exhibition at The Sail Loft @ The Old Rope Works, WALL PROJECTS II, April 2016 and will show more of my recent photographic works. Check out the major new cultural powerhouse in the North East of Scotland!

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Apposition 1,  Etching, 136 x 88cm

    Apposition 1,
Etching, 136 x 88cm

George and Me at Wall Projects I

Cardinal Glimpses 4, Etching, 82.5 x 69cm

Cardinal Glimpses 4, Etching, 82.5 x 69cm

Photo-etching: Glasgow | Berlin

In November 2013, Gloria Alonso Gonzalez, the etching studio assistant at Kulturwerk BBK Print Studio in Berlin, visited Glasgow Print Studio (GPS) to shadow my own work photo-etching. I planned to make a 3-plate, colour, photo-etching with her, demonstrating my use of Photrak, a light-sensitive emulsion on large steel plates. The emulsion can be rolled onto the plates in the same manner as relief printing ink and allows for the translation of very small dots from a positive film. The resulting print is created from three layers of transparent colours printed in layers.

In July 2014, I then visited BBK in Berlin to teach a small group of students this method of colour photo-etching, working again with Gloria. Located in Bethanien, a Renaissance hospital, in the Kreuzberg area of the city, the print studio is large and wonderfully equipped. We took advantage of their digital area to print the films for each artist and then the dark rooms and etching studio to produce the copper plates.

We had great fun and learned lots. For me, it is a real challenge to have to make this technique work for images that are very detailed and focussed as these are very different to my own. For most of the artists working with me, working with colour and multiple plates was new, especially for photographic images.

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Michael Schonke, Gloria and myself with lithographer, Peter Velguth