Visionary Landscapes

This performative piece translates the musical score “Visionary Landscapes” by the American composer Alan Hovhaness into a visual “landscape.” For this work I invited a pianist to play from memory the piece “Visionary Landscapes” on the wall with his fingers dipped in ink. As if the music could acquire an image, I divided the colors on the pianist’s fingers in a way that a “landscape” appeared when he started playing it on the wall. The colors that were used – dark green, red earth, raw umber, carbon black, two different hues of blue, and cadmium yellow – created a visualization of the skyline and the soil on the wall. This was an excerpt of the piano piece “Visionary Landscapes.” The duration of the piece was determined by the paints’ moisture.