What did John Cage, or Francis Bacon or Brett Whitley or Margaret Preston listen to while they were painting? I have no idea but artists have music in their studios. I wondered what might happen if I got a few artists to paint in the Jugglers art space with some of my favourite meditative works.
With Gavin Bryars and Arvo Paart working their magic in March and May, each participant in white worked to build works on paper and canvas with other artists using only written text to communicate. The atmospherics of the music [and in May the short train trip movie on a loop] within a context of silence created both a cohesion of work in progress as a group and a spirituality that was both mystical and almost tangible. The silence that continued after the music tracks had ended was testament to a state the whole group had found during the excercise.