Bach… Six Suites for the Solo Cello

Idris Khan (1978 - )

Lambda digital C-print mounted on aluminium


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    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection

    In order to create this work Idris Khan photographed the sheet music of Bach's 'Six Suites for the Solo Cello'. He then digitally layered the images on top of each other, so that we can view the entire musical score on one page. Khan has made a series of works based on music, exploring the works of Chopin, Beethoven, and Mozart, as well as Bach, to reflect the contrasting styles of music by each composer. Bach's music has strong roots in mathematics and the notes seem to be quite rhythmically dispersed on the page.

    'Bach… Six Suites for the Solo Cello' has a haunting, ghostly quality; the blurred movement animates the piece and highlights the intense process of both the original score and the artist's re-creation. By appropriating an existing piece of music, Khan questions the extent to which it is possible to create anything new. He has said, 'it's obviously not about re-photographing the photographs to make exact copies, but to intervene and bring a spectrum of feelings - warmth, humour, anxiety - to what might otherwise be considered cool aloof image. You can see the illusion of my hand in the layering. It looks like a drawing. It's not systematic or uniform. The opacity of every layer is a different fallible, human decision'.

    Born in Birmingham, Idris Khan graduated with an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2004. Since then he has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Victoria Miro Gallery, London and Institute of International Visual Arts (INIVA), London, in 2006.

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    Bach… Six Suites for the Solo Cello
    Lambda digital C-print mounted on aluminium
    height: 242.00 cm, width: 176.00 cm
    Purchased from Victoria Miro, November 2006
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