William Engelen: Falten, solo exhibition and performance at The Drawing Center Lab

21 November 2013 — 12 January 2014
35 Wooster Street, New York, NY, United States New York City, New York
#music #visual-art

From November 21, 2013 until January 12, 2014 The Drawing Center will present William Engelen: Falten, an exhibition of a new series of musical scores for percussion by William Engelen. Falten [Folds] build musical compositions from folded paper. At the start of each composition, Engelen draws a time line on a sheet of paper. Each centimeter of paper corresponds to one second in the score. The artist shapes the paper into three-dimensional forms—ovals, cones, or even knots. He then hand-draws a staff notation on the sections of the paper that are not hidden in the folds. Through this structure of creases and lines, Engelen organizes, through both intention and chance, the elements of sound and silence in each piece. The landscape of the paper determines the music that can be made from it. Opening reception: Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6-8pm. See details here.

In performing Falten, musicians “walk” through this architectural landscape, using the paper’s planes, heights, and structures as parameters for qualities in volume, pitch, rhythm, tension, character, and the spatiality of sound. The lines on the page and resultant folds manifest the score as an intricate drawing. Falten for Percussion consists of eight parts, and will be debuted by the celebrated percussion ensemble Talujon.

Curated by Nova Benway.

About William Engelen

Born in Weert, Holland, William Engelen lives and works in Berlin and Rotterdam. He has composed works for instruments as diverse as violin, electric guitar, percussion, harp, accordion, and voice. His compositions have been presented in parks, city squares, mobile phones, silos, and museums. His recent solo exhibitions include Jochen, Maerzmusik, Berlin, 2012; Faltenrock, Georg Kargl Box, Vienna, 2011; and Music Box, Haus am Waldsee Berlin, 2011.