Artwork

why pink, why yellow / Rolf Julius

2000
Rolf Julius, why pink, why yellow, 2000
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Identifier

IWC.2000.147

Materials

speakers, drawings, bowls, glass, photos, pigment, CD players, amplifiers

Description
why pink, why yellow is the installation of a five-channel music composition emitted from a floor arrangement of speakers, Japanese tea bowls, digital prints and small panes of glass. The speakers are placed under the glass and within the bowls, making their contents, red and black powder pigments and viscous pink hand soap, jump and shift with the vibrations. The music is comprised mostly of computer altered natural sounds played via an array of portable CD players, left exposed as part of the installation.
About the Artist
Rolf Julius was born in Germany in 1939 and studied fine art in Bremen. In the mid 1970s he began using sound alongside his visual practice. Later he moved to Berlin and became an important figure in that city’s budding sound art scene. In 1980 Julius’ pioneering work “Dike Line” was presented at the “Fϋr Augen Und Ohren” exhibition alongside work by John Cage. He has created some of the most meaningful and moving works in the grey area between music and art, between sound and silence, slowly emerging as one of the most important and influential sound artists of our time. Whether using photographs, ink drawings, audio compositions, or subtle and sometimes almost hidden outdoor installations, Rolf Julius’ works serve as catalyst, increasing our awareness of the great beauty of the world that surrounds us.
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