“I frequently say that I don’t have any purposes, … but that’s obviously not the case.”
RAY KASS: JOHN CAGE’S WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS
As a part of the John Cage Centennial Festival Washington, DC, Ray Kass, and members of the Mountain Lake Workshop, will present an extraordinary day of activity in the University of California’s Washington Center. Two watercolor workshops will be held (morning and afternoon) on September 10, 2012. One will be directed at interested adults, the other at Washington area high school students. The evening features two live performances of the very late Cage work, STEPS (see below), and visual documentation of a Merce Cunningham performance of this work ("danced" from a wheelchair). A question period will conclude the day. We are confident that this unique set of events will bring the larger Festival to an engaging and provocative completion.
A river rock guides a feather brush.
Cage’s productivity in the domain of visual art – etchings, drawings, watercolors – embraces and engages with the strategic scope of his larger aesthetic stance and the impact of ego-distancing “chance” procedures. The ways in which Cage chose materials and boundary conditions in his visual art allow us to gain insight into the aesthetic predilections of his eye in strikingly revealing fashion.
John Cage delightedly assuming command of a custom-built brush. John Cage, Peter Lau, and Ray Kass.
PLEASE NOTE: Ray Kass’ recently-published The Sight of Silence: John Cage’s Complete Watercolors, provides an engaging picture of the visual aspect of the composer-artist’s work, including elegant, meticulous documentation that allows the reader to gain a beautifully textured proximity to Cage’s working environment and processe.