Mark Swed: Putting art to music, with wondrous results

A woman listens to a live performance while interacting with the large visual installations at the Santa Monica Museum of Art Bergamont Station. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)

A woman listens to a live performance while interacting with the large visual installations at the Santa Monica Museum of Art Bergamont Station. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)

Great review of Mark Trayle’s performance at SMMoA on Saturday!

“In fact, textures seemed to be what Trayle’s performance was all about. Just as Pereira became fascinating finding a musical play of light as a complement to Zurbarán’s puckered lemon, Trayle’s granular electronic surfaces drew the eye to Swain’s granular surfaces. Indeed, his yellows were as crinkly as a lemon’s skin.

Before Trayle began, I saw Swain’s paintings as great swaths of earth and sky as seen from afar. During Trayle’s performance, I saw Swain’s forms of color not as forms but as part of the world in which we live immersed. When it was over, I was again looking distractedly, as if outside of time.”

 

 

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