2 Mar 2018

Samuel HOLLOWAY: Corpse and Mirror

From Music Alive, 7:02 pm on 2 March 2018

Performed by NZTrio at their Loft Series concert in Auckland, 15 August 2017.

Samuel Holloway

Samuel Holloway Photo: Gareth Watkins / Lilburn Trust / Wallace Arts Trust

Samuel Holloway writes about 'Corpse and Mirror': ‘The title of this piece is borrowed from a body of work by the American artist Jasper Johns.

In these works of the 1970s, the artist used a crosshatching technique based on his recollection of a pattern spotted on a passing car: “It had all the qualities that interest me,” said Johns, “literalness, repetitiveness, an obsessive quality, order with dumbness, and the possibility of a complete lack of meaning.”’

Holloway continues, ‘Though my piece is neither about Johns’s work, nor an attempt to depict it, there are shared formal and conceptual concerns.

This new work continues my recent explorations of boredom, anxiety, and other ugly feelings in music.

Rather than emotional clarity, it aims for affective ambiguity – a state much closer to my typical way of being.’


Recorded: Q Theatre Loft, 15 August 2017
Producer: Tim Dodd
Engineer: Adrian Hollay