The exhibition Ton Wellen Linien [Sound, waves, lines] continues dr. julius
| ap's programme dedicated to the renewal and extension of the concrete in
*Julius Stahl* is well known as a Sound artist. His work has been seen, and heard, in renowned museums such as the Centre for Art and Media Technology [ZKM] in Karlsruhe, at significant festivals such as Ars Electronica in Linz, and Transmediale Berlin, as well as in such locations as the Festspielhaus in Hellerau. His way into the visual arts developed out of perspectives in music and sound and thus time-based art. As he himself writes, his engagement with sound and movement "… from physical movement to movement between the senses. Interferences in sensory spaces, between the visible and the audible, based on resonance …", has led to a particular strain of pictorial work. In his work Julius Stahl draws on fundamental acoustic phenomena, in particular oscillations and sound waves, which we experience as tones, noise or simple resonances. In everyday experience their physical, form- and space-defining properties remain for the most part beyond our field of awareness. In Stahl's work, using self-developed procedures, the characteristics of the whole complex of sound are transformed and translated into objects and pictorial forms. "The acoustic raw materials," the artist writes, "are the sinus tone and white noise. By definition the sinus tone already contains the idea of motion. White noise is in direct contrast. It encompasses almost simultaneously the entire range of audible frequencies." Using imaging methods and procedures of his own devising, Stahl develops sound objects, which operate at the borders of what is acoustically perceptible, as well as phonographs and photogrammes, which attempt to capture vibrations and their forms." While the pure tone is paramount in the photogrammes, in the process of drawing the graphic works the tone becomes noise." What is to be seen are the results of processes in the physical operation of sound artistically depicted and presented. In this way, with the help of instruments and apparatuses for recording modulations in oscillation, Julius Stahl creates previously unseen and innovative work. Work which is, for example in taking fundamental physical phenomena as its predominant theme and content, entirely in keeping with the concept of "new concrete art", which dr. julius | ap is dedicated to further defining and developing.
The exhibition brings new works from this pre-occupation together in the gallery and sets them in relation to each other and the surrounding architectural space.
*Ray Malone*'s drawings provide a dialogue, a complementary counterpoint to Julius Stahl's work. The assembled works taken from Malone's various series relate directly in their content to musical terms and categories, such as rhythm, composition, choreography, and so on. In synthesis with fundamental themes, such as rules of proportion or the definition of space in two dimensions, the works demonstrate his personal approach to these questions.
Ray Malone engages both artistically and intellectually and verbally with the characteristics of the line in itself.
In elaboration, for instance, he writes: "a line might be said to have the same character as a note, simply by being singular and incomparable-the task of the artist is to make the line visible, of the composer to let the tone be heard-it is no more, no less, complicated than that!"1 And further: "a line, then a space, another line, and then another space, and of course a further line to declare the space-and so on-so, a rhythm begins, a simple placing, one after the other, and the paper as it were resonates-there's nothing more to be done"2 [1 Ray Malone - Zwischenraum. Catalogue of the exhibition of the same name in the Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin 2012, p. 40. 2 ibid., p. 42]
The work of drawing in itself becomes the point of departure for a serious and concentrated examination of the form and the content of the concrete, which the work not only records in an aesthetically highly pleasing way but also reflects.
Showing both artists together inaugurates a series of duo exhibitions aiming to extend the content and the spatial and artistic possibilities of the gallery's programme.