[from 5 top pieces of art work ever].
The lecturer stood in front of us. On the powerpoint projection, a single line of notes glared at us.
”What is the significance of these last notes?” the teacher repeated.
We did not know.
”It is the end. Listen if we take the last note away and loop it, it sounds like this. When we put them back, it sounds like this. The last 3 signify the end.”
”Look at this painting.”
A yellow painting came up on the display with 3 figures.
”Each painting has an end. This painting has a soft end, but look how it changes when we apply a hard end to the painting.”
The next slide came in, and the 3 figures in the painting all had a large penis painted over them.
”This,” continued the lecturer, ”is a hard end. A painting has a start middle and end. Sometimes, like this painting the end is too strong and the painting ends abruptly. Like the three ending notes. Go to the museums and to your art work and see if you can find the end of the painting and determine how strong the ending is.”
I had to think about this when I was awake. The ending of French composer Erik Satie’s piano composition Gymnopédies is so soft that the piece can start again and end at any moment allowing the listener’s attention to drift anywhere with in the music. Paintings also (as I discovered to my surprise) have a clear or subtle ending. The quieter the endings (as in music) allow the viewer to absorb the work more and experience their own being. The paintings Beyond the imagination also deal with tones and loops, three in fact and with endings. It is my intention to soften the ending. I do not know how, that is for later.
The note is made.