A Futhork for Jan Groth & Anders Beyer 2016-17

Posted on October 10th, 2016 by


Runic drawings. On the wall in Jan Groth.'s apartment. 29 11 16 Oslo

Runic drawings (effectively, his Futhork). On the wall in Jan Groth.’s apartment. 29 11 16 Oslo

Final (performing) score for No. 1 16 2 17

15 12 16 Ear'(Grave) with a response to one of his 1970 drawings

Concentration/contact 18 2 17

Ravelled. 18 12 16

The latest piece in the ‘Futhork for Jan Groth’ has emerged (No 26). A thrumming, ravelling piece, with Groth’s remark about his large tapestries: ‘Ive managed to make the weaving tremble.’ For the firs time in this set, the caprice began with this little painting, inspired b the ‘Tegner’ from his 1986 Guggenheim show. 18 12 17

Jan Groth (1938- ) is one of the great living artists. I have been honoured to have been asked to respond to his upcoming Exhibit at Kunsthallen Bergen. I first encountered his work in the permanent collection at the Louisiana Gallery, in Denmark, in my early twenties, and the example of highly concentrated, distilled expressionism that he has offered, has been a source of inspiration for years. Today (29th November 2016) we met, at his elegant apartment in Oslo. The apartment contains very little of his work, but many of the pictures and sculptures that Groth collected with  Steingrim Laursens, including pieces by Richard Francisco, Matta, Bruce Marden, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Tony Smith, Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Mark Tobey – a delight for me.

No. 26 R[ad] …ofer milpapas 13 12 16

A Futhork for Jan Groth
No 1. Chorale

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

No 14. Elk sedge

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

No 15. Tegn

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

No 16.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

No. 20 ‘I think that it is possible for people to make identification through objects, to sense through my art my feeling of being, of life’ (Jan Groth)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The score of Caprice 20, with Groth drawings, and material from R. Broby-Johansen ‘Oldnordiske Stenbilleder’ 4 1 17

No 21. Silence & Light

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

No 22. Casting & Catching

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Balance 3 12 16

Balance 3 12 16

Casting 3 12 19

Casting 3 12 19

Rene Former 5 12 16

Rene Former 5 12 16

Tegn 5 12 16

Tegn 5 12 16

Jan Groth. Looking. 29 11 16 Oslo

Jan Groth. Looking. 29 11 16 Oslo

Wapping. Mist rising. William Morris 30 10 16

Wapping. Mist rising. William Morris 30 10 16

 

Jan Groth's design for his up coming exhibit. . 29 11 16 Oslo

Jan Groth’s design for his up coming exhibit. . 29 11 16 Oslo

Jan Groth. 29 11 16 Oslo

Jan Groth. 29 11 16 Oslo

The artist with the violin, observed. JanGroth w/ Anne Birgitte Paulsen. 29 11 16

The artist with the violin, observed. JanGroth w/ Anne Birgitte Paulsen. 29 11 16

No 11. Elk Sedge, 27 11 16

No 11. Elk Sedge, 27 11 16

 

No 1. 'Whither and wherefore, oh Phaedrus' 9-10/10/16

No 1. ‘Whither and wherefore, oh Phaedrus’ 9-10/10/16

Gateway. The entrance hall of Groth's apartment block. 29 11 16

Gateway. The entrance hall of Groth’s apartment block. 29 11 16

Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Chorale/Caprice 1 for Jan Groth 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Link to Groth’s work:  GLINK

forside

Jan Groth described this as ‘my typical gesture’

I don’t mind admitting, that the task is a daunting one. I have admired Groth’s work since I first encountered it at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, in my early 20s. His approach to expression, to surface, to texture, to symbol and meaning is one that has profoundly affected my work as a violinist. So ro a while, I was silenced by the question of ‘what to do’ in response to this extraordinary work. But now, I think that I have a starting point. What is beginning to emerge is a series of ‘untitled’ musical objects ( I am aiming at 60) responding to to his eponymous ‘untitled’s. and the idea of ‘making’ the most distilled approaches to the violin, in a feeble counterpoint with this powerful material.

Progress: The third 'untitled' emerges 13 10 16

Progress: The third ‘untitled’ emerges 13 10 16

25 10 16

The series of caprices is beginning to grow, and with it, the notion of refrain of ‘choraler’. Here’s the sketch material, for ‘Chorale 1’

Listening to Jan Groth. Choral ! (Sketches-24 10 16)

Listening to Jan Groth. Choral  (Sketches-24 10 16)