The Unoccupied Hand

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 to Thursday, July 3, 2014
Hopkins Hall Gallery


Reception:

Thursday, June 26 at 3pm

From the Artist Michael Kellner


J.S. Bach's 15 Two-Part Inventions are known to test a piano student's technical ability; however, the editor's introduction to the works suggests that they contain something more profound. My intention with this particular installation is to visualize the first four of Bach's Inventions in ways that are silent but still convey the effort required to master a piece of music. The title of the installation, The Unoccupied Hand, is appropriated from the editor's notes on Invention 3. It is meant to reference, among other things, the editor's caution to the performer to rest in a ready position, our inability to capture and hold the experience of sound due to its ephemeral nature, and the religious proclamation that "idle hands" are the province of the devil.

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