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Water Music and Other Pictures of Sound. Vladimir Tarasov

Water Music and Other Pictures of Sound. Vladimir Tarasov

Time: 21.10.16–12.02.17  11:00–18:00

4th floor, B-wing

“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.”
John Cage

By focusing on the work of one artist, the exhibition Water Music and Other Pictures of Sound. Vladimir Tarasov aspires to view sound art as a multifaceted art practice and to analyse its connection to music. Tarasov’s work is characterised by sound created with the help of various, often natural substances and materials, and the incorporation of music into sound art. For him, sound is an ephemeral material, the traits of which are revealed and amplified by the installational nature of the work. Using rhythms, sounds and melodies, Tarasov addresses various themes related to cultural history, drawing on both Eastern and Western philosophies and religions.

Vladimir Tarasov was born in Arkhangelsk, Russia in 1947, and has lived in Vilnius, Lithuania since 1968. Tarasov entered the art scene through music, and more precisely as a jazz musician. Since the 1960s, he has been active as a drummer with various groups, including in Ganelin-Tarasov-Chekasin trio. He has released his solo work on 11 recordings in the ATTO series. In his art projects, Tarasov’s main collaborator and partner has been the conceptualist Ilya Kabakov. A noteworthy example of their collaboration is the exhibition project Red Pavilion, created for the 19th Venice Biennale in 1993.

Curator: Kati Ilves
Assistant: Triin Tulgiste
Exhibition designers: Helen Oja, Raul Kalvo
Graphic designer: Tuuli Aule

We thank: Raimundas Zobarskas, Ilja Sundelevitš

Vladimir Tarasov. Water Music. 1994. Installation. Courtesy of the artist