I am delighted to announce my latest commission entitled “The Missing Paintings” for Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne. The work previews this Friday as part of Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship and then is open to the public from May 27th to 17th Sept.
Ravilious painted a number of watercolours in the 1930s whose whereabouts are now unknown. Towner commissioned sound artist Joseph Young, to recreate these paintings using contemporary field recordings based on the sites of the original works.
Using binaural recording technology, or 3D audio, the two sound paintings recreate an immersive experience of being in the landscape, evoking a poetic response to the missing paintings. They do this by placing the listener in the middle of a soundscape from the same location as the missing watercolour, with sounds appearing to come from all around the listener.
Landscape painting traditionally places the natural world in a frame and invites the audience to contemplate the landscape through observation. The Missing Paintings contradicts that notion by placing the listener at the centre of a hyper-real contemporary landscape, where distant traffic noise and the rupture of contemporary life can be faintly heard at the margins of the rural idyll.
The works are recorded binaurally and are best experienced on a good pair of headphones, placing the listener in the middle of the soundscape with sounds appearing to come from all sides, as in real life.
Both of the original paintings date from an exhibition at St George’s Gallery, 1927