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23 June 2017

Ritual Triptych

NZTrio - Justine Cormack (vln), Ashley Brown (cello), Sarah Watkins (pno)

BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio No 2 in G Op 1/2; ELMSLY: Ritual Triptych; SCIARRINO: Piano Trio No 2; MENDELSSOHN: Piano Trio No 2 in C minor Op 66 (recorded in the Loft at Q Theatre, Auckland by RNZ)

Thursday 13 July 2017

On today’s show

 

Auckland pianist Henry Wong Doe's recital at the University of Auckland Music Theatre.

This piano recital is made up of two works that were inspired by paintings and artworks. First, commissioned by Henry Wong Doe, Eve de Castro-Robinson's a zigzagged gaze responds to ten strikingly diverse pieces of New Zealand art selected by the composer from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection.

The second piece is Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

 

Composer’s notes for a zigzagged gaze for solo piano                                  

For me to be let loose in the art collection of the Wallace Arts Trust was a gleeful trawling of riches. I pared back my longlist to ten works which spoke to me with singular, wildly differing voices. I offer a brief description of my reaction to each, and a wee haiku.

 

Philip Trusttum: Il Vecchio Castello The Troubador

Trusttum works big, thinks big, even the domestic and intimate is rendered ruggedly, realised boldy, with a sort of knock-the-bastard-off blokey vigour.

Come, come one, come all

Let me bombard you with bliss

Hue, cry, ballyhoo, come forth.

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 1: 
Philip Trusttum: Il Vecchio Castello

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 1: Philip Trusttum: Il Vecchio Castello Photo: Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust

 

Josephine Cachemaille: Diviner and minder

I was struck by the bold whimsy of this work, its cheeky yet elusive attitude. An elegant shoreside talisman, with a winky smile in its finger.

two-tined woody stick

u v w wishbone

what are you playin’ at?

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 2:
Josephine Cachemaille: Diviner and minder

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 2: Josephine Cachemaille: Diviner and minder Photo: Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust

 

Rohan Weallens: Tingler

This drew an interior belly laugh, it’s buffoonish, bulky, apparently clumsy, yet displays a dignity, like that of an elephant in motion. Tingler’s exterior cumbersomeness belies its intricately layered depths, like a gargantuan millefiori paperweight.

oh bulky buffoon

oh your tongue-in-cheekery,

you pendulous blob!

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 3:
Rohan Wealleans: Tingler

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 3: Rohan Wealleans: Tingler Photo: Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust

 

Jim Speers: White Interior
Jim’s work draws the gaze into the infinite through light, allows the viewer to bask in a seductive celestial glow. The restrained White Interior is like a downscaled Turrell, no less potent for its luminous containment.

still, luminous block

draw me into your shadows…

What, no answers there?

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 4:
Jim Speers: White Interior #1

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 4: Jim Speers: White Interior #1 Photo: Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust

 

Miranda Parkes: Trick-or-treater
Parkes’ deliciously wilful concoctions of quasi-edible paint ooze and squeeze their way out of their confines in an exhilarating liberation. Deliciousness!

lucky lumpy lush

tumbly tonguey push and shove,

lick me all over

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 5:
Miranda Parkes: Trick-or-treater

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 5: Miranda Parkes: Trick-or-treater Photo: Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust

 

Vincent Ward: The Return

For me, Ward is New Zealand’s Bill Viola, and Return captures something of that artist’s visionary grandeur. There is something dark in our midst, and Ward’s out to find it.

amniotic fall

you are dark devil creature.

Bodily rhythms

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 6: Vincent Ward: Return

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 6: Vincent Ward: Return Photo: Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust

 

Marie Le Lievre: Blue Lady

The natural gravity of this hung form draws the eye downward, taking in the slippage and merge of its mottled, inky depths.

pour and bleed the paint

slip and blot across the fields.

the ocean is held­­­

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 7:
Marie Le Lievre: Blue Lady

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 7: Marie Le Lievre: Blue Lady Photo: Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust

 

Jacqueline Fahey: The Passion Flower

I love the strop and thrust of Jacqueline’s heart-on-the-sleeve, painterly declamations. I based this on the anthem of the women’s suffrage movement, March of the Women 1911, by Dame Ethel Smyth, who conducted it with a toothbrush through the bars of Holloway Prison. JF and ES, a couple of fabulously feisty sheilas.

Wide blows our banner

and hope is waking…

Shoulder to shoulder/and friend to friend!    (with thanks to Cicely Hamilton)

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 8: Jacqueline Fahey: The Passion Flower

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 8: Jacqueline Fahey: The Passion Flower Photo: Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust

 

John Ward Knox: x (life, still. Baby)

JWK’s work has been quietly bowling me over ever since I saw his white carved-away wall years ago. The deeply affecting intimacy and humanity of this miniature painting is like a visual whisper.

hush, hush, not a breath

everything is momentous

nothing is known here

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 9:
John Ward Knox: x (live, still. Baby)

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 9: John Ward Knox: x (live, still. Baby) Photo: Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust

 

Judy Millar: Big Pink Shimmering One

I couldn’t help but be struck by the muscular viscerality of Millar’s largescale work, reminiscent of a shopwindow cleaner with soapy mop in play.

Lichtenstein lady

swashbuckling zigzaggery

deals in pink boldness

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 10:
Judy Millar: Big Pink Shimmering One

de Castro-Robinson - a zigzagged gaze Image 10: Judy Millar: Big Pink Shimmering One Photo: Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust