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)

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.…

Engulfing the eye, engulfing the ear

Robert Swain installation at Santa Monica Museum of Art, where Mark Trayle will perform Saturday afternoon. (Jeff McLane)

Mark Swed’s Critic’s Pick on the upcoming sound. concert at SMMoA…

“Music and painting sometimes share a language. Color is applicable to both, as is chromatic. They also share physics. Colors, for instance, are waveforms, as are tones.

Moreover, musicians and visual artists regularly inspire one another. Morton Feldman’s “Rothko Chapel,” which played late at night under the stars at the Ojai Festival last month, honors in tone Mark Rothko’s last paintings. Currently at the Timothy Taylor Gallery in London is…

Charles Curtis, Alvin Lucier and melting glaciers

Melting Glacier

“…cellist Charles Curtis will play the Los Angeles premiere of Alvin Lucier’s “Glacier,” in the “sound.” series presented by SASSAS (Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound). But don’t expect to be lulled into climate indifference.”

“The 83-year-old American avant-garde composer has a special sonic and theatrical knack for finding a physical equivalent in sound to the world around us. In this recent score, he makes audible a graph of 30 glaciers melting, charting on the…