- Artist/Title: Joe+N - Neither Painting Nor Sculpture
- Format: CDR
- Label: Carbon Records
- Price: $8
- Catalog ID: CR140
same name as a previous harddrive release, which had the same original inspiration, this is the audio portion of a Joe+N art show (of the same name) at A|V in Dec 2006. the show consisted of 6+ pieces, and the audio consisted of 6 companion pieces. each building from the one before. mostly heavy drone guitar. dense, from simple to complex. [packaged in a 5x7 full color heavy cover with sprayed CDRs]
(Joe+N - Neither Painting Nor Sculpture - CR145) Vast textural surfaces of abstract (sonic) materials unfurl upon large format canvases. Concerned with continuity and dimension, the actual sound sources have a secondary relevance, thus simply featuring a rusty red distorted electric guitar wall of sound. As we advance in time, the pieces begin to include a more complex, difficult aspect pointing at the progression –from construction to destruction- proposed in the visual work the sound pieces accompanied.
These are sound recordings designed to accompany guitarist (and Carbon mogul) Joe+N ’s first installation of visual art. The idea with both music and art is to show process, stages of destruction and creation, points at which, while not a final piece of “art” art is present as is in the state of being constructed.
Too theoretical? Not really, if you can picture the frame of a painting hung on a wall with not picture inside. Just by hanging that frame, to decide on its place on the wall, it becomes art, in the sense that the beauty and use of anything becomes deeper and more varied when isolated and contemplated. Here, joe+n’s music is a kind of example of the visual pieces, in construction. We can’t see the art, and yet we know that the music we are listening to is an accompaniment to art; the listener is constructing the installation for herself, given the involvement being only auditory. This in effect includes the listener into the process of creating the installation; all that is left is to see the visuals, and the music is the door into that. 7/10 - Mike Wood