VARIATIONS ON A THEME

2018 Archival Silver Gelatin Print | 18x13 cm.

In trying to learn how to play a new instrument, online video clips of masterful pianists had become one of my beloved resources. Mostly during the after-hours, I sat back in my darkened room and indulged myself in these recordings. A cadence of compulsive gestures and agile tentacles that move from tension to release, and from release back to tension again. And at times, I found myself wondering about the substance of light that radiates from the screen, and the ways in which it casts another image out of me.


Variations on a Theme explores the idea of portraiture in relation to looped musical time and its symbolic accumulation as unrepeatable images formed on the photochemical surface by direct exposure to electronic light.

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This piece appeared as part of a larger project titled "Distant Points Of Interest (Within Close Range)" realized together with Sinem Dişli for "Large Meadow Exhibitions" organized by Norgunk.

 Installation View 

Large Meadow Exhibitions

2018, Ariel Sanat