History of the Series:
Back in 2002, my musician/artist brother, Harris, and I were wandering around the galleries of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, discussing what really defined the concept of art when we ran across a canvas with little paper dots sewn onto it. Â I got a little emphatic and proclaimed that the piece was silly. Â It was something I could easily do. Â Harris said, â€œOk, so why donâ€™t you?â€ and I responded, â€œWhy would I want to sew little pieces of paper on a canvas? Â There is no meaning in that to me.â€ Â Of course it didnâ€™t occur to me back then that it might have had meaning to the person who did it. Â Contemporary art and I hadnâ€™t clicked yet, and to this day I still prefer to know the artistâ€™s intentions in order to understand the art rather than infer a meaning for myself.
Harris had died in the summer of 2008. I was cleaning out his apartment in Brooklyn when I came across a score he had arranged for a bluegrass group. In the margin he had written, â€œThe score is a work of art.â€ Â He was always pithy like that (for years his email signature read, â€œArt is a ruseâ€). Â Anyway, that paper was on my desk when I was sorting through Harrisâ€™s work on his computer. I opened a piece of software he had been working on that he called â€œLiveScore.â€ Â â€œLiveScoreâ€ takes a bit of explaining in itself, but suffice it to say that it is separate parts of sheet music that are automatically generated via audience-adjusted algorythm and are intended to be streamed on the fly to multiple computers andÂ played by live musicians in real time. Â The piece of software I’d opened, the â€œLiveScoreâ€ applet streamed a only blank score that had no beginning, no end, and no notes.
All of a sudden, I remembered that â€œstupidâ€ canvas with the paper dots and it rearranged itself in my head, quite literally, into a score.Â Â I created a piece that mimicked the LiveScore applet as the jacket cover for a memorial CD of Harrisâ€™s composition work.
Each of the pieces in The Score is a work of Art series is limited by three basic building blocks: Â first, the â€˜canvassâ€™ or backdrop of the piece; Â second, the musical staff lines, which must have no beginning or end, implying that music is infinite, and which Â must pass through the backdrop on both sides rather than visible end; third, something must represent the notes; and finally, when those building blocks are met, my intention is for the piece to convey the feeling of the music visually.
The second piece I did in this series was also a tribute to Harris. Â It was based on Bill Monroeâ€™s â€œLittle Cabin on the Hillâ€ which was a song that Harris played. Â I used some of his and some of my own old violin strings, and a bunch of skeleton keys I found on eBay. Â This piece hangs in my living room.
Since I made it for myself, I put the holidays I wanted on it. I made myself a progressive Jewish-American calendar with Jewish holidays that don’t usually make it onto the standard calendars, Hebrew month starts and each Rosh Chodesh, as well as the Hebrew year(s) and moon phases.
As in years past, Iâ€™m sharing my calendar for free. If you want a copy…
Sometimes when you do personal projects, they sort of make themselves and this one also has a mind of its own.
I’m excited to announce that The Omer Project Meditation Card Decks are FINALLY here!This is an initial run of only 250 card decks. If there is more interest, I will create a second run well in advance of the Omer count next year!Also, I plan to keep sending the daily card image and message via the […]
Hello Friends!Thank you for your your interest and patience! I am finally writing withÂ an update on The Omer Project Meditation Card Deck.The Omer Project Meditation Card DecksÂ are finally in the queue at the printers! Yayyy!Â Unfortunately, they are currently scheduled to ship on April 20th, which is a little late to arrive for the beginning of […]
There was a time, for a few years, where we’d receive an 11 x 8.5 paper fridge calendar every December from one of the local realtors. A couple of years ago, we stopped getting them. I was actually upset about this. I really like the format!
I looked around to see if I could buy an insert someplace because I still have some of the magnetic and vinyl holders. I couldn’t find one that looked like the realtor calendar so […]
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